Jake Cave
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
60-Day IL
Injury Back
Est. Return 7/16/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After a career-best season at the plate in 2019, Cave struggled in 2020, hitting just .221 with a .674 OPS and 82 wRC+. His walk rate declined (4.1%) sharply and his strikeouts increased (35.8%), leading to slumps like a 1-for-23 stretch in late July. Cave can play all three outfield positions (82nd percentile for Outs Above Average, according to Baseball Savant) and has above-average speed (74th percentile sprint speed, per Statcast). He previously drew walks at a decent clip and makes hard contact, so he could bounce back if he can reduce his strikeouts. He may also fit better as a platoon option given his struggles against left-handed pitching (.548 OPS vs. lefties last season). He'll try to win a reserve role again this spring. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#598
ADP
$Signed an $800,000 contract with the Yankees in August of 2011.
Placed on 60-day injured list
OFMinnesota Twins
Back
May 15, 2021
Cave was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday due to a fracture in his back, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
ANALYSIS
Cave was held out of the lineup and unavailable Friday due to the injury, and he'll now be sidelined at least two months. His absence further thins the Twins outfield, with Alex Kirilloff (wrist) and Byron Buxton (hip) also currently on the injured list.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#8
#9
5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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#5
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#9
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+275%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .603 108 12 4 9 0 .206 .241 .363
Since 2019vs Right .738 325 39 8 31 1 .239 .333 .405
2021vs Left .167 24 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083
2021vs Right .627 69 8 1 2 1 .200 .294 .333
2020vs Left .548 34 5 1 3 0 .188 .235 .313
2020vs Right .724 78 10 2 10 0 .250 .308 .417
2019vs Left .863 50 7 3 6 0 .283 .320 .543
2019vs Right .787 178 21 5 19 0 .250 .360 .428
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .728 201 28 7 15 1 .224 .320 .408
Since 2019Away .685 243 25 6 27 0 .231 .300 .385
2021Home .536 41 5 1 2 1 .143 .250 .286
2021Away .476 52 3 0 0 0 .184 .231 .245
2020Home .758 59 12 3 7 0 .226 .305 .453
2020Away .599 64 5 1 8 0 .217 .266 .333
2019Home .787 101 11 3 6 0 .256 .356 .430
2019Away .820 127 17 5 19 0 .259 .346 .473
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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
0.17
 
BB Rate
6.5%
 
K Rate
37.6%
 
BABIP
.271
 
ISO
.095
 
AVG
.167
 
OBP
.239
 
SLG
.262
 
OPS
.501
 
wOBA
.230
 
Exit Velocity
80.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Cave proved to be a valuable reserve outfielder for the Twins as he was pressed into regular duty in the second half due to injuries and responded with an .806 OPS and eight home runs in 76 games. Cave can play all three outfield positions, but is challenged to be more than a spot starter in center field (-3 DRS in CF). He draws walks at a decent clip and makes hard contact. However, a high strikeout rate (31.1 K%) can get him in trouble. He may also fit better as a platoon option given his .732 OPS vs. left-handed pitchers. He'll try to win a reserve role again this spring, and again likely needs an injury to one of the three primary outfielders or to the DH, Nelson Cruz, in order to get regular at-bats.
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.
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Sidelined with back injury
OFMinnesota Twins
Back
May 14, 2021
Cave was unavailable for Friday's loss to Oakland due to a stress reaction in his lower back, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He'll be evaluated again Saturday.
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Out against lefty
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May 12, 2021
Cave is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
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Sitting against lefty
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May 9, 2021
Cave is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
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Remains out of lineup
OFMinnesota Twins
May 6, 2021
Cave isn't starting Thursday's game against Texas.
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Bound for bench Wednesday
OFMinnesota Twins
May 5, 2021
Cave is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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