2011 Draft: Yanks “heavily linked” to Tyler Goeddel & Jake Cave

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Via Frankie Piliere, the Yankees have been “heavily linked” to high schoolers Tyler Goeddel and Jake Cave in the upcoming draft. Baseball America ranked Goeddel as the 89th best prospect and Cave as the 182nd best prospect in their recently released top 200 list while Keith Law had them 35th and unranked in his lasted offering, respectively. A few days ago we heard the Yanks were in on two more high schoolers, Dillon Howard and Brandon Martin.

I actually have Goeddel, a third baseman/outfielder, on my list of players to write up before the draft. He’s a lanky kid at 6-foot-4 and 170 lbs., and his game is highlighted by athleticism and bat speed. He’s an above-average runner and thrower with a swing geared for contact, though the power isn’t there yet. Goeddel missed some time with mono this spring, but it’s a high-end skill set. He’s committed to UCLA. Cave, an outfielder and left-handed pitcher, is a better prospect on the mound is more of a fourth or fifth round guy. He sits anywhere from 86-94 with his fastball and also throws a changeup and a slider. Committed to LSU, Cave is the kind of guy that could come out of college in three years as a first or second round arm.

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  • reed

    we should be looking at adam conley from washington state. he is
    6ft 3 in 170lbs. his mechanics are excellent especially.
    scouts should be looking at his video from 4 weeks ago against gerrit cole and if you really observe you’ll see how well he finishes when the ball comes out of his hand. the ball doesn’t come out early from his which hand means he’s taking alot of stress off of his arm. with his size and mechanics i see him as someone who can be an ace. doesn’t have alot of innings as a starter but he’s adjusted to the starting role very well this year. remember pitchers mature at different stages or in different ways. remember pedro martinez started as a reliever and blossomed. lincecun threw alot of innings
    and still blossomed as examples. he’s throwing 96 miles per hour as a starter. he could be the steal of the draft for whoever drafts him. want to ask will he be available at 51 for yanks and what are odds yanks take him at 51 or possibly in 2nd round.

  • Brian

    “He sits anywhere between 86-94 with his fastball”


    • kr

      he actually sits 90-93.. but he can ramp it up and hit 96 in the Aflac All-American Game.

  • Mister Delaware

    Jake Cave sounds like a Lifetime movie stalker character.

  • Jake H

    I like that the Yankees are going after prep talent.

  • Reggie C.

    There are three Tylers in the 51-100 range of the list that appear to fall in the athletic, unknown but perhaps high ceiling-up-the-middle-talent category:

    1. tyler greene
    2. tyler gibson
    3. tyler goedell

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Other candidates for the 51st pick.

  • kr

    I hit a homerun off Jake Cave… in little league!

    • Ghost

      …Thank you for that dispensable tidbit.

  • crawdaddie

    I’m hearing that Cave is somebody that the Yankees scouts are well aware of him and if they like him enough, they’ll take him long before the 4th or 5th rounds.

  • yanksfan

    The yankees are taking Tyler Greene with there 51 SS West Boca Raton HS 6’3 185lbs ran a 6.37 60 and has raw power he can be the game changer we need for a good price