Jake Cave was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Chad Jennings of Lohud New York Yankees Blog reports.
A Rule 5 selection by the Reds, Cave was returned to the Yankees in April and started the season in Double-A Trenton. After hitting .288 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 27 games, Cave got the call to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Slade Heathcott and Kyle Haynes went to the disabled list.
The Rule 5 pick had been with the Reds, but he ultimately lost out on a big league job and had to be sent back to his original organization. He'll report to Double-A Trenton to start the season, but he could end up working his way back up through the ranks as the year progresses.
Cave lost out on the fifth outfielder job to Tyler Holt, who was recalled by the Reds on Sunday.
Jake Cave was placed on waivers by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
In order to keep Cave in the organization, the Rule 5 draft pick had to stay on the 25-man roster throughout the season, although it appears his .220 batting average did not warrant a spot with the Reds. In order to be sent back to the Yankees, Cave must clear waivers, so he can be claimed by any other team in the meantime. That being said, if a team does decide to claim the outfielder, he'll have to stay on their active roster for the entire season to avoid being sent back to the Bronx. Regardless of what happens, Cave will have a tough time finding playing time, especially if he continues to hit at such low clip. This development means that Jordan Pacheco, Scott Schebler, and Jose Peraza are likely to make the Reds Opening Day roster.
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