24-Year-Old Third Baseman – Cincinnati Reds
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Jagielo struggled through his first couple of professional seasons after being selected in the first round of the 2013 draft, but showed some signs of turning things around in 2015. A weak average hit...
Eric Jagielo Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Yankees in June of 2013.
Jagielo made his spring training debut Sunday, starting behind his teammates after having offseason right knee surgery.
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Cincinnati Reds Roster
MajorsAdleman, Tim (P)
AAAAllen, Brandon (1B)
AAAstin, Barrett (P)
A+Aquino, Aristides (OF)
AArmstrong, Mark (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Of the three Yankees prospects drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft (Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin being the others), Jagielo has the least upside. A bat-first third baseman, Jagielo has shown above average power at each stop in the low minors. He posted a .201 ISO with 16 home runs in 359 plate appearances in a shortened season at High-A Tampa, as he missed almost two months with an oblique strain. However, there are a couple flags here. First, he slugged just .364 against lefties, compared to .498 against righties, signaling that he may not profile as an everyday player. In addition, while he has no problem taking a walk (10.6% walk rate), he also has a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, hitting just .259 despite a .315 BABIP and posting a 25.9% strikeout rate at Low-A. He will need to make improvements on both fronts to ever profile as an everyday third baseman in the majors.
Jagielo, one of the Yankees' first-round picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, is a fairly polished college hitter with good power potential. He hit six homers in 218 at-bats for short-season Staten Island and seems likely to start 2014 with Low-A Charleston. Jagielo is a decent defender at third, though a move to left field or first base may come down the line. His major asset is his bat, and if he shows further development, he could only be another year or so away from grabbing a spot in the Yankees' lineup.