Yankees 2011 6th Round Draft Pick: Jake Cave

With their 6th pick in the draft the Yankees selected a 6-1, 180-pound left handed hitting center fielder in Jake Cave out of Kecoughtan high school. Cave can also hit up to 91 mph on the mound. He has a verbal commitment to LSU.

Cave hit .594 with 16 extra-base hits and an OBP of .725. He was also 6-3 with a 1.65 ERA and 101 strikeouts and 27 walks over 55 innings. He was named Co-Eastern Region Player of the Year in Virginia.

PERFECT GAME’S TAKE:

Jake Cave is a 2011 OF/1B/LHP with a 6-1 180 lb. frame from Hampton, VA who attends Kecoughtan HS. Slender live bodied athlete, good strength potential. 6.83 runner, open stance, easy load and wrap, busy approach, very quick hands, some lift in swing, stays inside the ball, hard contact to LCF, would benefit from simplifying approach. Outstanding overall athlete, did not pitch but usually 88-91 mph off the mound. Good student, verbal commitment to Louisiana State. Selected to the Aflac All-American team.

MY TAKE: He sounds like a promising pick, especially considering the fact that they could always convert him to a starter if he doesn’t workout as an outfielder. He was recently suspended after umpires had to ask him twice during a game to remove his necklace, that just seems unnecessary.

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