New York Yankees Prospect Jake Cave Has Arthroscopic Surgery On Knee
Mar 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jake Cave (93) hat glove and ball rests near the clubhouse during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees outfield prospect Jake Cave will start the season on the disabled list after operating on his left knee.

According to Shane Hennigan of the Scranton-Times Tribune, New York Yankees outfield prospect Jake Cave had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will start the 2017 season on the disabled list.

The Cincinnati Reds selected Cave in the Rule 5 draft in December of 2015 where he almost earned a spot on the Opening Day roster. The Reds, however, returned him to New York, who assigned the lefty to Double-A Trenton.

After a hot start (.288/.353/.510 in 27 games) he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he went 84-for-322 (.261) in 89 games.

Overall, he slashed .267/.330/.427 with 26 doubles, nine triples and a career-best eight home runs while splitting time between left and center field. He capped off his roller coaster campaign by becoming the MVP of last season’s Governors’ Cup (Triple-A Championship game).

The 24-year-old was not added to the 40-man roster this season so unless a chain of injuries forces him into the big league picture this season, he will once again to the Rule-5 Draft. 

Considering the glut of outfield prospects above him in the farm system, the best opportunity Cave has of cracking a major league roster would be with a team that doesn’t quite have talent blocking him.

Stellar play and a couple of injuries would change that, but it looks like his ascension up the prospect ladder has taken a hit following this operation.