The Yankees signed their first round pick, 26th overall, Eric Jagielo to $1,839,400 which was his slot value, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.
Jagielo hit .388/.500/.633 in 56 games at Notre Dame. He’s a big time power prospect and is probably the Yankees best position player drafted in the first round since…since…Eric Duncan? Maybe Slade Heathcott. You can read more about Jagielo here.
• 1st round pick (32nd overall) Aaron Judge says he’s “real confident” that he’ll sign soon.
• 1st round pick (33rd overall) Ian Clarkin can’t sign until he graduates high school on June 20. Scouting Director Damon Oppenheimer said he feels strongly that they will sign him though.
• 2nd rounder Gosuke Katoh said that he expects to sign, “by next week.”
• 4th round pick Tyler Wade has left for Florida, presumably to take a physical and sign a contract.
• 5th round pick David Palladino agreed to terms and will sign any minute now.
• 6th round pick John Murphy is already down in Florida hanging out with Jeter and A-Rod so he’ll likely sign very soon too.
• 22nd round pick Derek Toadvine has officially signed as expected. He will report to short season Single-A Staten Island.
• The Yankees knew Josh Pettitte would not sign, but drafted him in case somebody else wanted to take him.
• Michael Pineda will make his second rehab start with Double-A Trenton on Friday. He started on Sunday in Single-A, his line: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He reportedly hit 95 mph on the gun.
• Derek Jeter has begun baseball activities already, but he’s expected to see Dr. Robert Anderson before he can be cleared to increase his activities (King).
• The All-Star Game is at Citi Field this season so MLB named Robinson Cano and David Wright as the captains of the home run derby. This is the second year in a row for Cano (King).
• Triple-A reliever Mark Montgomery was placed on the DL with shoulder soreness. Yankees VP of baseball ops Mark Newman said the injury isn’t serious and this is more about routine rest than anything else. Montgomery has a 3.00 ERA, a 10.8 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 in 30 innings at Triple-A this season. That is down across the board from last year when he broke out.
• Brett Gardner was named AL Player of the Week last week after he went 13-for-25 with five runs, five doubles, a homer, and six RBI’s. He’s hotter than that though and has hit .375/.412/.594 in his last 17 games.
• Mike Mussina was always very smart, but don’t expect him to join the Yankees as a pitching coach anytime soon as he has taken a job as a high school basketball coach.