Name: Eric Jagielo
Handedness: Bats left handed, throws right handed
Draft: 2013, 1st round, 26th pick out of Notre Dame
Size: 6-foot-3, 215-pounds
Best Tool: Power bat, patience
BBDP Rank: 12
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Yankees first three picks in the 2013 draft, and with good reason. Eric Jagielo is a big part of that, and is a guy who could factor into the major league team’s plans sooner than you’d expect. Playing his college ball at Notre Dame, “Jags” earned a reputation for being that rare, power, lefty batter which clearly had the Yankees salivating. He has been a good contact hitter with excellent patience over his career, and was a leader for Notre Dame throughout his career.
Unsurprisingly in 2012 Jagielo tore up the Cape Cod League, a league the Yankees love to scout. He hit .291 with 13 HR, four doubles, two triples, and 20 walks with 51 strikeouts in 42 games. He proved to be a polished hitter prior to his junior year in college.
In Jagielo’s junior season this year, he managed to hit .388/.500/.633/1.133 with nine homeruns, 19 doubles and a triple. He also stole three bases. All of this occurred in 57 games. After being drafted by the Yankees, he signed and began his career in the GCL for a quick tune up before being promoted to Staten Island.
Overall Eric had a .264/.376/.451/.826 quad slash in his first year in the Yankees program. He hit six homers, 16 doubles and a triple in 55 games. This translates roughly to 17 homeruns over a 160 game schedule, with 45 doubles and 3 triples. Those numbers would have been nice this year in the Bronx. He struck out 56 times and walked 27. The strikeout rate was way too high, but he did walk a lot and was getting on base all season one way or another.
Before the draft, John Sickels wrote about him stating that he is “an elite hitter in the college ranks and should carry forward to pro ball. Sharper plate discipline and defense have boosted his stock, but even teams that see him as a first baseman long-term respect his bat.” He has plus power coming from the left side and the size to improve upon his output going forward.
Jagielo has the ability to hit for both average and power, and has addressed his issues with plate discipline. He is now a patient hitter.
Speed is not a component of Jagielo’s skill set, neither is he the most agile athlete. The Yankees hope he can stick at third but there’s a chance he could end up a first baseman or a corner outfielder. He’s not a guy who is going to steal any bases for you either. If he can be average in the field going forward though his bat will make him a possible all-star third baseman. Many feel he can do just that.
As mentioned above, Jagielo is not a great fielder. His agility is average and his arm strength is slightly below average. He does have good hands though which is still an important quality in a third baseman.
The ceiling for Eric Jagielo is a 25+ homerun, .300+ average third baseman. This would clearly put him in the conversation for the all-star team.
The floor with Jagielo is actually pretty good too. There’s no reason he shouldn’t at least be a utility player at the major league level given his tool set.
The likelihood that he hits his ceiling is actually around the moderate level. He is a polished player who’s game is already quite advanced, so there’s no reason he shouldn’t move quickly through this system.
Eric Jagielo is the quintessential professional. He comes from a college program that prided itself on the sportsmanship of it’s players. One who cared as much about it’s reputation off the field as on. That bodes well for his career as a Yankee, and for his ability to continue to stay hard working and disciplined. It is also yet another reason Jagielo will move quickly through this system.
In 2014 he should start the season in Charleston, but I could see the Yankees being aggressive with him and moving him straight to High-A. It’s foreseeable that he could be at Trenton by the end of the season, although unlikely.
From there he would be just 1-2 steps away from the majors, and ready to contribute. His estimated time of arrival is 2016 if all goes well.
Jagielo is one of the most exciting prospects on the farm right now. As soon as next year he could start making a huge impact on this system and put himself in the conversation for future plans with the New York Yankees MLB team.