Inside the PD: Jake Cave says he's leaning toward signing with Yankees
Peninsula Pilots coach Brett Wheeler, left, helps Jake Cave, graduate of Kecoughtan High School and Louisiana State University committed player, stretch before the game against Petersburg Generals at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton on Thursday, June 30, 2011. He is also New York Yankees sixth round pick. (Sangjib Min, Daily Press / July 1, 2011)
Cave, who was taken in the sixth round (209th overall), plans to take his physical in Tampa, Fla., after the Pilots play their final game in the Coastal Plain League playoffs. The eighth-seeded Pilots open against No. 1 Edenton Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium.
"I haven't signed yet, but I'll be leaving for my physical (soon) and we'll see where it goes from there," Cave said. "My plan is to get the physical and be playing for the Yankees. That's the way I'm leaning right now."
Cave said there has been no agreement made at this point. The two sides have discussed money, but Cave would not say how much he has been offered.
If things do fall through with the Yankees, Cave always has LSU. He signed with the Tigers last fall.
LSU coach Phil Mainieri told TigerSportsDigest.com that Cave told him last week he planned to sign with New York.
"He had a choice between a great program here and a great franchise in the Yankees," Mainieri said. "I don't begrudge the kid for doing what he thinks is best for him."
Cave went into the draft as a two-way prospect, but the Yankees drafted him as an outfielder. He's played primarily in the field this summer with the Pilots and leads the team with a .326 batting average. He also has a team-best .423 on-base percentage.
Cave has pitched 12 1/3 innings and made two starts without a decision.
The signing deadline for players selected in the draft is Aug. 15. So far, four of New York's first six picks remain unsigned. Dante Bichette Jr., the Yankees' first-round pick (51st overall), signed in June for a $750,000 bonus.