Yankees Add Cave, Re-Add Rumbelow to 40-Man – Pinstriped Prospects

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Yankees Add Cave, Re-Add Rumbelow to 40-Man

Jake Cave (Martin Griff)

Today the Yankees announced that are adding right-handed relief pitcher Nick Rumbelow and outfielder Jake Cave to the 40-man roster to avoid them becoming minor league free agents.

Cave, 24, had his best season since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft.  This season he hit .305/.351/.542 in 103 games between the Double-A Trenton Thunder and the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.  He was tied with Mike Ford for the organizational lead in home runs with 20 as well as drove in 56 runs. Overall, in 599 minor league games, he owns a .285/.344/.423 slash line with 142 doubles, 35 triples, and 39 home runs.

In 2015, Cave was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the second overall pick of the Rule 5 draft.  Cave hit .255/.349/.364 in 26 games for the Reds during Spring Training 2016 but was ultimately cut on the last day of spring training.  He was not selected in the 2016 Rule 5 draft though he remained unprotected.

Trenton Thunder reliever Nick Rumbelow (Martin Griff)

Right-handed pitcher Nick Rumbelow, 26, is no stranger to Yankees fans.  The former seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft made his major league debut on June 23, 2015, and made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015.  That season he was 1-1- with a 4.02 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings pitched in the majors.

In 2016, Rumbelow made just one appearance for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders before being placed on the disabled list with a torn elbow ligament.  The diagnosis was not good as the young pitcher needed to go under the knife and get Tommy John surgery.  The surgery cost him the rest of the 2016 season and the first half of the 2017 season.

On November 18, 2016, Rumbelow was designated for assignment by the Yankees and then subsequently released on November 23.  The Bronx Bombers then re-signed him to a minor league contract on December 15.

On June 2, 2017, Rumbelow made his return to the mound with the Trenton Thunder.  In eight games in Double-A, he had a 2.38 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings pitched.  On July 3, 2017, he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  With the RailRiders he had a 5-1 record with a 0.62 ERA in 17 games, he struck out 30 batters in 29 innings pitched.

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