MLB Draft Scouting Report: Jake Cave

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at two way star, Jake Cave.

Name: Jake Cave
Position: Pitcher/OF
School: Kecoughtan H.S. (Va.)
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: L/L


Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American

Jake Cave, LHP, Kecoughtan HS (Va.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Cave is a wiry, loose athlete with quick twitch actions. He has some room to get stronger with age, but mostly should keep his athletic frame the way it is. He's about average size, but is in fantastic condition and is known for his work ethic.

Mechanics

Cave comes straight over the top in his delivery with plus arm speed. He's somewhat crude mechanically and you can tell all his focus is not on being a pitcher just yet. There's some violence in the delivery and a head snap near his finish. He hunches over his balance point quite a bit and may be better served standing more upright in his windup. He repeats pretty well, but there's definitely some smoothing out that needs to be done as a pro.

Fastball

He's the owner of a tick better than average fastball for a lefty, and as he figures things out mechanically it only figures to get better. Cave works at 90-92 mph, getting it up to 93 at times. The command is spotty right now, but he's typically at least around the plate.

Changeup

He's mostly a two-pitch pitcher right now and the changeup is a superb second pitch for him. Thrown at 78-81 mph, he locates well and gets good fading action. This is a potential plus pitch down the road.

Hitting

Cave needs to simplify his approach somewhat but overall keeps his swing short, compact and to the baseball. He's capable of hitting line drives to all fields and figures to make consistent contact as a pro.

Power

The power is on the way for Cave. He has natural lift in his swing and produces easy power to right-center field. This is a potential 20 home run bat at the big league level.

Speed

Cave is a plus runner and should stay that way down the road. He's highly athletic and runs the bases expertly. He grades out as a 60 on the 20-80 scale.

Fielding

Cave has outstanding range and the athleticism to potentially play center field for the long haul. His strong arm could also make him an elite range player in right field. His routes are good and he's not afraid to hit the ground or the wall to make a play.

Summation

It's really a matter of taste when it comes to Cave. You could make a case for him both in the field and on the mound. In my opinion, the better future is in the field. Cave has a smooth left-handed swing, blossoming pull power, plus speed, and outstanding athleticism. All those tools outweigh the low 90s fastball. The present skills are much more notable at the plate.

Draft Projection: Compensation round

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