With GM Brian Cashman putting more of a premium on starting pitching the last few seasons, many expected the Yankees would target arms. Instead, the Yankees brass went out and got a power hitting left-handed bat that can play the hot corner in the Bronx.
Jagielo currently projects to stay at third. However, many feel a move to either first base or a corner outfield spot is a possibility in his future. Regardless, with a bat like his, the Yankees will find a spot for the 6-foot-3 Jagielo.
The 21-year-old shot up draft boards the last year with a great Cape Cod League season this past summer, hitting 13 home runs while also providing a strong average, batting .291. Jagielo has vastly improved his plate discipline and opposite field approach, which he’s become very comfortable doing.
However, the Yankees hope he’ll be pulling balls over the short porch in Yankee Stadium in no time. As a guy who is polished compared to many other prospects in this draft class, he could move through the Yankee system relatively quickly.
With the obvious third-base question marks at the big league level, the Yankees need this to be the case. Cashman and the Yankees brass sure wouldn’t mind Jagielo stabilizing that position for much of the next decade as they transition out of the Alex Rodriguez-era.
This is just the first of three first round picks for the Yankees as they’ll also select at 32 and 33.