Player: Eric Jagielo
Drafted by: New York Yankees (No. 26 Overall)
DOB: 5/17/1992 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6’3”/215 lbs
School: Notre Dame
Previously Drafted: 2010, Chicago Cubs (50th round)
Jagielo put himself on the draft radar by batting .310 with 13 home runs as a sophomore at Notre Dame in 2012. However, he didn’t emerge as a potential first-rounder until that summer in the Cape Cod League, where he posted a .291 batting average and .374 on-base percentage, ranking second in the league with 13 home runs.
Although Jagielo hasn’t showcased as much over-the-fence power as he did last season, he’s made significant strides as a hitter this spring. Heading into the draft, the left-handed hitter has batted .388/.500/.633 with 19 doubles, nine home runs and 33/35 K/BB through 56 games, and was recently named the 2013 Big East Player of the Year. Furthermore, his defense at the hot corner has also improved and solidified his status as a likely first-round pick.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Upright stance; sets up with high hands and loads deep; hand positioning has been lowered slightly since summer; some length to swing; stays inside the ball well; has become more comfortable using entire field; showcases shorter swing on inner-half offerings; tends to extend arms early with pitches on the outer half; streaky hitter with patient approach; sees a lot of pitches; goes through periods where he expands the zone; can strike out in bunches.
Two-handed swing with high finish is geared toward driving the ball; punishes mistakes; derives power from strong lower half; easy power, especially to the pull side; should be able to showcase more opposite-field power as a professional with a shorter bat path.
Below-average runner; lacks quickness; may lose another step as he continues to mature physically.
Average defensive third baseman; makes the plays; some athleticism; decent instincts but lacks overall quickness; below-average range; has also seen time in left field where range is fringy; could conceivably outgrow either position and be forced to move to third base before reaching the major leagues.
Strongest defensive asset; suitable for third base; would also play as a left fielder or first baseman if he's forced off the position.
MLB Player Comparison: Jim Thome
Projection: Everyday corner infielder on first-division team; occasional All-Star.
MLB ETA: 2015
Chances of Signing: 90%