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 C Ryan Hanigan and OF Wil Myers, along with two prospects, to San Diego.

The Rays called him up to the majors on June 7, 2018 designating Brad Miller for assignment in order 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 major league homer on June 11th off Sam Gaviglio of the Toronto Blue Jays, putting the Rays ahead to stay in an 8-4 win. On June 24th, 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 RBIs in 96 games, but did draw 54 walks. On December 13th, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in return for IF Yandy Diaz and prospect Cole Sulser.

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