Jake Cave named top prospect in Coastal Plains League

Baseball America is in the process of publishing lists of the top ten prospects in each of the various wood bat summer leagues, and Yankees’ sixth rounder Jake Cave was given the top spot in the Coastal Plains League. Thankfully, the scouting reports for the top prospects in each league are available for free right here, so you can see Cave’s write-up without a subscription.

Cave, who signed on deadline day for $825k, received the second largest signing bonus given out by the Yankees this year. The high school outfielder from Virginia was playing with college players in the CPL, so it’s rather impressive that he ranked as the circuits top prospect. Granted, it’s not the Cape Cod League, but it’s still impressive. Cave was a legit prospect both in the outfield and on the mound as a left-hander, but the Yankees drafted him as a position player and that’s what he’s been working at in Tampa since signing.

2011 Draft: Yankees sign sixth rounder Jake Cave

Update (11:14pm): Via Jim Callis, the Yankees signed Cave for $825k. That’s the largest bonus they’ve officially given out this year, surpassing the $750k they gave Dante Bichette Jr.

Original Post (11:34am): Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees are close to signing sixth round pick Jake Cave. Cave, a high school outfielder from Virginia, was the 209th overall pick and the 182nd best prospect in the draft according to Baseball America. In their subscriber-only scouting report, they say “he shows bat speed, but he has a loop in his swing that could be a long-term problem.” They also say he figures to be stuck in a corner spot down the road. Cave is also a legit prospect as a left-handed pitcher, but the Yankees announced him as an outfielder during the draft. He’ll certainly get an over-slot bonus.