New York Yankees outfield prospect Jake Cave will start the season on the disabled list after operating on his left knee.
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.
Jake Cave had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee & will begin the season on the DL, per Gary Denbo. Cave wasn't listed in ST work groups.
— Shane Hennigan (@ShaneHennigan15) March 22, 2017