Today’s Minor League Prospect Profile centers around Tampa Third baseman Eric Jagielo. The Yankees drafted Jagielo with the 26th pick in the 2013 draft, out of the University of Notre Dame.
Jagielo has spent the last year solidifying his spot among the top prospects in the Yankees’ system. Gary Phillips of Bleacher Report lists him as the fourth best prospect on his most recent list. The only players ahead of Jagielo are Mason Williams (arguable), Slade Heathcott (injury-prone), and the crown jewel of the Yanks’ system, Gary Sanchez. His prowess at the plate has scouts looking at him as a potential major league All-Star.
The scouting report on Jagielo described him as a lefty with excellent power. There was concern about his high strikeout rate, and to this point, it seems warranted. In 96 career games, Jagielo has struck out 97 times, to go with just 46 walks. Despite the strikeouts, he does have a .362 on-base-percentage over the same span, a nice sign from a young player. Defensively, Jagielo is looked at as an average third baseman, with some questioning his arm strength.
After a solid rookie campaign that saw Jagielo connect for 23 extra base hits in 54 games, scouts were curious to see how the 22-year-old would progress. Coming into the season, it seemed Jagielo was destined for Low-A, Charleston, or High-A, Tampa. His solid play made the decision easy for Yankees’ management. He was placed at Tampa where he has not disappointed. Jagielo was named to the All-Star team this season, and despite not playing due to injury since May 20th, he has ten home runs to go with his thirty-one RBI. There has been no confirmation of how long he might be out, or even what the injury was. Jagielo was at-bat when the injury took place. He grimaced after taking a big swing and it was reported that he was experiencing tightness in his right side. Although the trainer came out, the youngster waved him back into the dugout. Jagielo then proceeded to belt his 10th homer on the following pitch. He has not played since.
How fast Eric Jagielo can move up the ranks of the Yankees’ system, is up to him. If he can continue to produce at Tampa and works on becoming a better contact hitter, you could see him in Double-A before too long. With the lack of depth at third, the Yankees would love to see him get healthy and continue to improve. If he does that, don’t be surprised to see a Major league call-up sometime late next season.