Jakob Christopher Bauers (born October 6, 1995) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bauers played amateur baseball Ocean View Little League and with a travel baseball team based in Huntington Beach, California. He attended Marina High School in Huntington Beach, where he played for the school's baseball team. He committed to attend the University of Hawaii on a college baseball scholarship.
The San Diego Padres selected Bauers in the seventh round, with the 208th overall selection, of the 2013 MLB Draft. After signing, Bauers spent his first professional season with the Arizona Padres of the Rookie-level Arizona League, posting a .282 batting average in 47 games. In 2014, Bauers played for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Class A Midwest League where he batted .296 with eight home runs and 64 RBIs in 112 games. He was named a postseason All-Star.
Tampa Bay Rays
On December 19, 2014, the Padres traded Bauers, Burch Smith, and René Rivera to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that saw the Rays trade Wil Myers, Jose Castillo and Ryan Hanigan to the Padres, the Padres trade Joe Ross and a player to be named later (Trea Turner) to the Washington Nationals, and Washington traded Steven Souza and Travis Ott to Tampa Bay. He began the 2015 season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and was promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits of the Class AA Southern League in June. He finished the 2015 season with a combined .272 batting average with 11 home runs and 74 RBIs in 128 games between both teams. He stayed with the Biscuits for the 2016 season and batted .274 with 14 home runs and 78 RBIs in 135 games. Bauers spent the 2017 season with the Durham Bulls of the Class AAA International League where he batted .263 with 13 home runs, 63 RBIs and a career high twenty stolen bases in 132 games. The Rays added him to their 40-man roster after the season. Bauers returned to Durham at the beginning of the 2018 season.
The Rays promoted Bauers to the major leagues on June 7, 2018 and he made his major league debut the same night. In 52 games for Durham prior to his promotion, he was batting .279 with five home runs and 24 RBIs. He got his first major league hit, a double, on June 9 off of Seattle Mariners pitcher Félix Hernández. On June 24, 2018, Bauers hit his first career walk-off, a home run, against Chasen Shreve of the New York Yankees to finish a three-game sweep. Bauers homered in three straight games from July 29 to August 1. On August 23, Bauers scored the walk-off run, beating out a throw to home plate from Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn to secure a four-game sweep. In 96 games, he hit .201 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI's.
On December 13, 2018, the Rays traded Bauers to the Cleveland Indians in a three-team trade in which the Rays acquired Yandy Díaz and Cole Sulser, and the Seattle Mariners acquired Edwin Encarnación from the Indians for Carlos Santana.
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