For Jake Cave, he made his MLB debut with the Minnesota Twins back in 2018 after being a former sixth round draft pick of the New York Yankees. He had a solid productive rookie season with the Twins in which he scored 54 runs, along with pumping out 16 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 91 games that season. However, despite the strong start to his career, he never seemed to be able to achieve full-time starting status during his six-year MLB career.
This season with the Phillies, Cave has continued to serve in a part-time role as an utilityman, manning first base along with the outfield positions. However, with the recent promotion of top outfield prospect Johan Rojas in the Phillies organization, along with the versatility of Cristian Pache, Cave has seen more limited playing time down the stretch.
Overall for the 2023 season, Cave has compiled a .216 batting average, .633 OPS, with 17 runs scored, five home runs, 21 RBI and three stolen bases. With both Rojas and Pache having youth and the potential of more growth on their side, added to the fact that there could be some intriguing options for outfielders including Cody Bellinger in the upcoming free agency, Cave appears to be the odd man out after the end of the current season.