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.
Returns to action Sunday
OFMinnesota Twins
September 15, 2019
Cave (groin) is starting in right field and batting third Sunday against the Indians.
ANALYSIS
Cave sat out the last seven contests due to left groin soreness but is ready to go for the series finale. The 26-year-old was struggling prior to the injury, going 7-for-41 (.171 average) with 16 strikeouts in the previous 12 contests.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
9
5
10
12
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
3
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+18%
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 .708 115 13 6 19 0 .231 .263 .444
Since 2017vs Right .811 384 64 14 48 2 .270 .342 .469
2019vs Left .888 43 6 3 6 0 .293 .302 .585
2019vs Right .754 147 17 4 16 0 .240 .354 .400
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
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .908 236 43 9 34 2 .308 .374 .534
Since 2017Away .681 263 34 11 33 0 .220 .279 .402
2019Home .876 85 10 3 6 0 .297 .376 .500
2019Away .716 105 13 4 16 0 .217 .314 .402
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 this season's data (min 200 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
0.24
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
32.6%
 
BABIP
.357
 
ISO
.193
 
AVG
.253
 
OBP
.342
 
SLG
.446
 
OPS
.788
 
wOBA
.348
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.4%
 
Barrels/PA
4.7%
 
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Still out for Game 1
OFMinnesota Twins
Groin
September 14, 2019
Cave (groin) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
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Remains out Friday
OFMinnesota Twins
Groin
September 13, 2019
Cave (groin) isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Indians, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Participates in mobility work
OFMinnesota Twins
Groin
September 12, 2019
Cave (groin) took swings in the take and participated in mobility work prior to Thursday's game against the Nationals, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Out again Thursday
OFMinnesota Twins
Groin
September 12, 2019
Cave (groin) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Nationals.
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Still sitting Wednesday
OFMinnesota Twins
Groin
September 11, 2019
Cave (groin) remains on the bench Wednesday against Washington,
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