Phillies Rule 5 Draft Prospect Watch List

Jul 10, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; World second baseman Yoan Moncada (11) tosses the ball to shortstop Willy Adames (right) in the third inning during the All Star Game futures baseball game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; World second baseman Yoan Moncada (11) tosses the ball to shortstop Willy Adames (right) in the third inning during the All Star Game futures baseball game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 5, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Jake Cave (30) singles in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Jake Cave (30) singles in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

Jake Cave, OF: New York Yankees

Cave is no stranger to the Rule 5 Draft after being taken by the Reds last year behind Tyler Goedel. He was ultimately returned to the Yankees organization after failing to break the Reds Opening Day roster.

Mar 5, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara (7) turns a double play on Cincinnati Reds center fielder Jake Cave (30) in the third inning at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara (7) turns a double play on Cincinnati Reds center fielder Jake Cave (30) in the third inning at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

A 23-year-old outfielder, Cave was a sixth round pick by the Yankees in 2011 out of high school in Virginia. He played 116 games between Double and Triple A in 2016, hitting a combined .268 with 114 hits, eight home runs, and 26 doubles.

Currently, Cave is listed as the Yankees 24th best prospect by MLB.com. His scouting report points to him not having one outstanding tool, but multiple very good ones. Teams like his ability to hit for average, while bringing speed and potentially some unlocked power.

If selected by the Phillies, Cave could potentially compete for the right field job in spring training. The competition is wide open with Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr, so there is a possibility the Phillies hold onto him.

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