Future Watch: Jake Bauers Rookie Baseball Cards, Indians – Jake Bauers was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 7th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
In 2013, he hit .282 in rookie ball with one home run and 25 RBI in 47 games. For 2014, he had 18 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, and 64 RBI hitting .296. He was off and running. He was later traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the Wil Meyers deal. A three-team trade.
In 2015 he went from A+ to Double-A, he combined for 32 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 74 RBI. The 2016 season saw him hit 14 home runs for the Montgomery Biscuits in Double-A. In 2017 he hit 13 in Triple-A for the Durham Bulls. At this point, he didn’t get a call-up and he was a proven run producer.
He was finally called up to the Rays in 2018. Bauers played in 96 games getting 323 at-bats. He got 22 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, and 48 RBI. Hitting only .201.
In December of 2018, he was traded from the Rays to the Indians in another three-team trade! In his minor league career, he had 405 RBI in 778 games.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
A left-handed hitter who has a knack for barreling the ball, Bauers employs a compact, clean swing that allows him to utilize the whole field. He hit the ball in the air and out of the park more frequently in 2016, and more power should be on the way as he develops physically. Bauers’ advanced approach and feel for working counts drives his on-base skills, and he runs the bases well despite having fringy speed. Meanwhile, after playing first base exclusively during his first three seasons, Bauers made a smooth transition to right field last season while continuing to see time at his regular position.
He has a 2017 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospects Autograph card and that’s a good way to get him into your collection.
Here’s a look at him raking:
He got called up with the Indians in 2019. In his first 58 games, he hit six home runs and knocked in 21 runs. At 23, he’s worth keeping an eye on.
Follow him on Twitter @JakeBauers11.
Future Watch: Jake Bauers Rookie Baseball Cards, Indians – Stats
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|CLE (1 yr)||58||219||192||25||42||8||0||6||21||2||2||24||54||.219||.311||.354||.665||75||68||1||2||0||1||0|
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