The Yankees signed their sixth-round pick, Jake Cave, for a $825,000 bonus. Cave was also a prospect as a lefthander, but was popped as an outfielder by New York.
Scouts were divided on whether he projected better on the mound or in the outfield. As a hitter, Cave shows bat speed, but has a loop in his swing that could be a long-term problem. He has a lean frame at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and figures to move to a corner as he fills out. He also lacks the speed for center field. His arm allows him to stick in right field, though he might not have the power to profile there. On the mound, Cave ranged from 86-93 mph with his fastball this spring, usually sitting around 90-91 and touching 94. His best offspeed pitch is a changeup. He has tinkered with a slider this season, but it needs work and scouts hadn't seen it much.
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