Cave Feels Prepared

Cave feels ready to get his pro career going

The New York Yankees' sixth-round draft selection, Jake Cave, signed with the team earlier this month and is all settled in Tampa where he has joined the Gulf Coast League to begin his professional career. With an impressive high school season at the plate and the mound, the Yankees gain an athletic player with a build and skill-set that may turn out valuable for the organization.

Jake Cave, who stands at 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds, played both pitcher and centerfield in his time at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia. In his senior season he tore up the competition at both the plate and the mound.

He batted a staggering .594 with 18 extra-base hits while tallying up an impressive on-base percentage of .725. On the mound, Cave finished the season with a 6-3 record and a 1.65 ERA in his 55 innings pitched.

When the Yankees drafted Cave, the organization drafted him as a outfielder and sees him playing the outfield throughout his development. According to Cave, he would like to see himself in centerfield but is open to whatever the organization thinks is best for him.

"I got drafted as an outfielder so I would like to see myself in centerfield," said Cave. "Center kind of controls the whole field but I wouldn't have a problem playing left or right field if they wanted me to play there."

Cave has an athletic build and is known to track down many fly balls while also willing to give up his body in order to record the out. At the dish, he is a left-handed batter who to some believe Cave will be a 20 home run bat at the big league level.

Cave played in the Coastal Plains League this summer in Virginia before he signed with the team earlier this month. He played in 41 games with the Peninsula Pilots and batted .326 with 45 hits and 16 RBIs. The league consists of many incoming college freshman while also adding current college players to the mix.

While playing with the Pilots, Cave gives credit to the CPL for giving him valuable baseball experience.

"It was awesome; it helped me prepare for professional baseball a lot," Cave said. "Every game I went out and faced a college pitcher, I used a wood bat and we had a game every single day so we traveled a lot. It was a great experience."

With Cave playing in the CPL before he signed with the Yankees, he is very happy with how negotiations went, but always knew that he would sign over choosing college to play with the Louisiana State Tigers in the Spring of 2012.

"I am very happy with how everything went," Cave said when asked if he was happy with the signing process. "I had to wait a little while to sign, but I basically knew I was going to sign with the team and I'm glad with how everything turned out so I'm ready to go out and play."

Cave said that the overall deciding factor in choosing to play professionally over college was due to the fact that he wanted to pursue his dream. If he had the opportunity to play baseball as a job right away, then that's what he was going to do.

As Cave is all settled in Tampa, the whole Yankees experience has been great for him. He believes it is an honor to be drafted by a team like the Yankees and is ready to play some baseball.

"It's been a great experience," Cave said. "They have a great history within the organization so it was a big deal when I heard the Yankees drafted me."

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