With the 26th pick in the 2013 MLB Draft the New York Yankees selected Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo. Jagielo’s biggest plus is his power which, as a left-handed bat, should translate very well to Yankee Stadium.
At 6’3”, 215 pounds, Jagielo has good size and has very good strength. He has power to all fields but looks most comfortable pulling the ball to right field where he will find the short porch in the Stadium very accommodating. Some scouts think his swing is a little loopy and that he will have trouble hitting at the upper levels but he did hit .274 with 13 home runs and 29 RBI in 158 Cape Cod League at-bats.
Jagielo won’t rocket through the Yankees system as he will need to adjust his swing so that he isn’t beaten by high fastballs. However, he should be able to make the necessary adjustments. The big question is whether or not he will stick at third or if he will have to move to one of the corner outfield spots. His defense might be good enough to be passable at the hot corner but he isn’t overly quick and sometimes looks sluggish when going after balls.
Jagielo was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 50th round of the 2010 Draft but he obviously didn’t sign as he had a strong commitment to Notre Dame. The Cubs’ GM at the time was Jim Hendry who now works as a special assistant on the Yankees so it wasn’t surprising that the Yankees would take the chance on Jagielo at number 26.
It might be a little early for this but estimated time of arrival for Jagielo in the Bronx is 2016. It could be sooner if he can fix his swing and develop that power.