Jake Bauers

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Jakob Christopher Bauers

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First baseman Jake Bauers was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 7th round of the 2013 amateur draft. He hit .282/.341/.374 in 47 games with the AZL Padres that season, then, in 2014, moved up to the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League, where his batting line was .296/.376/.414 in 112 games. He hit 18 doubles and 8 homers and drove in 64 runs, very good numbers for an 18-year-old playing full season ball in a circuit whose players were, on average, 3 1/2 years older than him. On December 17, 2014, he was one of five players sent by the Padres to the Tampa Bay Rays in a blockbuster trade that brought catcher Ryan Hanigan and outfielder Wil Myers, along with two prospects, to San Diego.

The Rays called Jake up on June 7, 2018, designating Brad Miller for assignment to clear a roster spot. He made his debut that day, starting at first base and going 0 for 4 in a 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. He hit his first homer on June 11 off Sam Gaviglio of the Toronto Blue Jays, putting the Rays ahead to stay in an 8-4 win. On June 24, he led off the bottom of the 12th against Chasen Shreve of the New York Yankees with a walk-off homer, the second long ball of his career, for a 7-6 Rays win that completed a three-game sweep. He hit .201 with 11 homers and 48 RBI in 96 games, but did draw 54 walks. On December 13, he was traded again, this time to the Cleveland Indians, for infielder Yandy Diaz and prospect Cole Sulser.

On June 14, 2019, he was hitting just .209 entering play when he hit for the cycle for the first time of his career. Two of the hits came in the 4th, when the Indians scored 8 runs against the Detroit Tigers on their way to a 13-4 win. He completed the feat by homering in the 8th. It was the second cycle in the major leagues in two days, as Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels had done it a day earlier. The season was a struggle; Jake was returned to Triple A on August 1 and finished with a .226/.312/.371 big league slash line, 12 homers and 43 RBI.

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