Jake Cave
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cave was blocked in the minors with the Yankees, but found new life and a path to the majors with the Twins. He hit .265/.313/.473 with 13 home runs in 91 games, getting an extensive trial as a starter late in the season. However, his .363 BABIP, 23.2% HR/FB and 33.0 K% did not back up his surface stats. Cave can play all three outfield positions, but would be challenged to be more than a spot starter in center field. He showed decent power in the upper levels of the minors, with strikeout percentages in the mid-20s, but has typically been old for his level. Cave could profile on the strong side of a platoon, as he hit .287/.335/.509 with a slightly better strikeout rate (30.8%) against righties while posting just a .642 OPS against lefties. Unfortunately, Cave will likely need an injury to one of the three primary outfielders or to the DH, Nelson Cruz, in order to get regular at-bats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Yankees in August of 2011 that includes an $800,000 signing bonus.
Not starting Game 1
OFMinnesota Twins
October 4, 2019
Cave will be on the bench for Game 1 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Cave likely has a role to play in this series but won't get the nod in Game 1 with lefty James Paxton starting for the Yankees. Eddie Rosario starts in right field Friday, with Marwin Gonzalez in left.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
2
12
6
11
12
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
3
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .706 122 14 6 19 0 .230 .273 .434
Since 2017vs Right .821 415 68 15 51 2 .272 .345 .476
2019vs Left .863 50 7 3 6 0 .283 .320 .543
2019vs Right .787 178 21 5 19 0 .250 .360 .428
2018vs Left .598 72 7 3 13 0 .194 .239 .358
2018vs Right .844 237 47 10 32 2 .287 .335 .509
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .871 252 44 9 34 2 .291 .367 .505
Since 2017Away .729 285 38 12 36 0 .238 .296 .433
2019Home .787 101 11 3 6 0 .256 .356 .430
2019Away .820 127 17 5 19 0 .259 .346 .473
2018Home .926 151 33 6 28 2 .313 .373 .552
2018Away .657 158 21 7 17 0 .221 .255 .403
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jake Cave compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
31.1%
 
BABIP
.358
 
ISO
.197
 
AVG
.258
 
OBP
.351
 
SLG
.455
 
OPS
.805
 
wOBA
.355
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.3%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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Slugs eighth homer
OFMinnesota Twins
September 30, 2019
Cave went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
OFMinnesota Twins
September 28, 2019
Cave is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals.
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Sitting vs. southpaw
OFMinnesota Twins
September 25, 2019
Cave is not starting Wednesday against the Tigers.
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Out against lefty
OFMinnesota Twins
September 19, 2019
Cave is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.
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Sitting Tuesday
OFMinnesota Twins
September 17, 2019
Cave will sit Tuesday against the White Sox.
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