After tearing the cover off the ball through the first month of the season down in AA Trenton, Yankees prospect Jake Cave earned himself a call up to the AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on May 10th.
Since than Jake Cave has continued to impress.
In 11 International League games to date, the 23-year old southpaw outfielder has slashed .326/.341/.651 with a .992 OPS, including eight extra base-hits (four doubles, two tripes , two homers) and eight RBI.
Keep in mind that Cave was batting .288 with a .901 OPS down in Trenton before being promoted.
Also keep in mind that Cave, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft was nearly the one that got away from the New York Yankees.
This winter Cave was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule Five Draft, but fortunately made his way back to the baby bombers pipeline when the Reds designated him for assignment back in April.
Though the Yankees are currently streaking, having won seven of their last ten games and are currently getting production from all four of their outfielders, including Aaron Hicks, Jake Cave might just find himself in pinstripes sooner rather than later.
While he won’t be called up as a regular every-day player, the next time the Yankees play a stretch of games against southpaw pitchers, they might look to add reinforcements like they did with prized catching prospect Gary Sanchez last week when they saw Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in consecutive games.
Should they decide to do so, it might be wise to give Jake Cave a shot. To date, Cave is hitting .333 off left-handed AAA pitchers with one home run and three RBI. Prior to May 10th Cave hit .292 with a double and 4 RBI off southpaw AA pitcher in 21 at-bats.
I for one think it’ll be great to reward a hot-hitting prospect like Cave with his first major league cup of coffee.
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