Jun
12

2013 Draft: Yankees sign first rounder Eric Jagielo

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2:06pm: The Yankees have announced the signing, so it’s a done deal. Jagielo came through the physical fine and his contract is official. It is the fifth largest bonus they have ever given a drafted player, behind Andrew Brackman, Ian Kennedy, Slade Heathcott, and Drew Henson.

11:31am: Via Jim Callis: The Yankees and first round pick Eric Jagielo have agreed to a $1,839,400 signing bonus, which is exactly slot for the 26th overall pick. Yesterday we heard the Notre Dame third baseman was already in Tampa, presumably to take his physical. The contract is not official yet, but it shouldn’t be long before it’s done.

Jagielo, who just turned 21 last month, hit .388/.500/.633 with nine homers and more walks (35) than strikeouts (33) in 56 games for the Fighting Irish this spring. The book on him is that he’s a left-handed hitter who projects to hit for both power and average at the next level while sticking at the hot corner. He has experience at first base and in the corner outfield spots as well, but they are fallback options at this point. I assume Jagielo will begin his pro career with Short Season Staten Island when the season starts next week.

Keep tabs on the team’s draft pool with our 2013 Draft Pool page.

Categories : Asides, Draft

55 Comments»

  1. Tyler says:

    Awesome, but Clarkin is the one the worry about. Will definitely be an overslot sign.

  2. jsbrendog says:

    this is a WOOOO, right?

  3. CountryClub says:

    Staten Island? I was way off; I figured he’d be sent to Charleston.

  4. The Real Me says:

    Nice to get this done. One down, 2 to go for the first rounders. Hope they get them all done as quickly as possible.

    Any word on Judge’s BP yesterday?

  5. crawdaddy says:

    With his experience why start him in SI instead of Charleston.

  6. David Brown says:

    I do not see Clarkin being a problem ( if it was you would not see him so eager to retract his ” I hate the Yankees” remark). I think he will be a bit overslot ( with Katoh being under to offset it), and Judge being around slot. You can also figure that Palladino and Coshow were over slot and Murphy was under. I think they will add about 3 more overslot prep guys ( besides Clarkin and Wade). I have heard Coleman’s and Fowler’s name mentioned, by trolling around. I just hope one will be an LHP like Floyd or Cortes.

  7. DERP says:

    Clarkin should basically sign for free to make up for those disgusting, disgraceful, hateful, dirty comments he made.

  8. Joe says:

    Mike:
    Great job with the draft coverage. What do you think it would cost to sign Quantrill? Is he a million dollar bonus guy that is just not possible to sign?

    • David Brown says:

      Ordinarily I would say they are not going to sign Quantrill, because he has the opportunity to go to Stanford, and Papa is not exactly poor. But it is interesting he has not gone the Pettitte (Baylor) or Cody Thomas (Oklahoma) route, and announced early he is going to Stanford. The longer he takes the more the odds shift in the Yankees favor. Right now, the chances are slim he signs, but it will be interesting to see what he and the family would consider “good enough” to sign, and can the Yankees meet that price? That said, if by July 1, he does not say “I am going to Stanford” and the Yankees have Clarkin, O’Neill and the other top 10 picks signed, and have around $1,000,000 left, it becomes very possible that it gets done.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      It’s close to impossible to buy kids away from Stanford. I don’t think $1M will do it.

      • JohnnyC says:

        A Stanford degree can very likely be worth more than a million dollars. Especially if your career in pro ball gets derailed due to injury or failing performance.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          A bit of an overreach there.

          Obviously, it’s a degree from a very good school, but a hell of a lot more determines whether you become a millionaire than where your degree comes from.

          • Caballo Sin Nombre says:

            Not so sure. Actually, I’m from a similarly prestigious school; quite unambituous; and I believe my degree has already been worth somewhat more than $1M difference over my lifetime.

            • LK says:

              $1M over your lifetime isn’t worth $1M today due to the time value of money.

              A Stanford degree is probably worth $1M compared to no degree at all, but Quantrill would still have the option to go to school eventually, maybe even to Stanford. If he chooses not to sign it will be because he wants to live the college lifestyle and thinks he has a chance to go higher in the draft in 3 years. Keep in mind it’s likely that he’ll enter pro ball *without* actually earning a degree from Stanford first. The value of the degree itself isn’t much of a factor here.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              It says nothing about what the degree is, what the earning potential of that degree is, whether a Stanford degree in it means much, and the capacity of that person to turn that degree into a job they can hold and excel in.

              I get resumes from Columbia grads all the time. In my field, I’m not so sure I’d hire one over someone with a Hunter College degree, and that’s a City University of New York school.

              I also say this to you as a graduate of Florida International University. :)

  9. vin says:

    It’s great to see the high picks go right into pro ball rather than taking the summer off (like Slade).

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      The deadline was later then and the Soft Cap wasn’t yet established, IIRC. in effect, the system encouraged picks to hold out until the deadline to maximize negotiating leverage. One thing I love about the new process is the earlier deadline and getting them on a ball field quickly.

      • vin says:

        You’re correct. This system is way better… But the kids can still hold out till well into the summer, IIRC.

        • wsa says:

          About a month, I think, is the deadline to sign now.

          Slade was negotiating because the Yankees were using a comp pick for failing to sign Cole and would not have received compensation again if they didn’t sign Slade. Plus he was a two sport guy and probably had a full scholarship for football, which gives you more leverage (Yankees had to go overslot for Aune last year as well).
          Basically, you can blame the Yankees as easily as Slade. The actual value of signing a month earlier is pretty questionable anyway.

          • YanksFan says:

            Can’t you blame the system? Weren’t many of the contracts agreed to early but they didn’t want to give to the Commish’s office for final approval? Also, the effect each contract may have on the other draftees you’re negotiating with.

            Slot money is now more or less a hard figure. Before it was very soft.

            • wsa says:

              True. Could have been the system. I don’t know the details to say whether they were still negotiating or just waiting for approval.

  10. Reggie C. says:

    Hate to put high expectations on a 21 year old, but with the success Jagielo sustained at Notre Dame, yankee fans should expect Jagielo to eat through the lower minors (SS, Low-A) in the second half of ’13.

    I’m NOT saying Jagielo should start off at High-A ball since he does need to get acclimated to pro pitching, which in Low-A is a step above most college pitching Jagielo has seen.

  11. Caballo Sin Nombre says:

    Slot is great for Jagielo, considering that he was rated as high as the 16th best player in the draft. Clarkin will definitely be over slot; but if things go well, the amount we save on the seniors (and possibly our second round over-draft) will more than cover Clarkin’s overage.

    For late-round picks, Quantrill and Thomas seem unsignable; it looks as though $300K or so will cover all the other worthwhile late “signability” picks.

    I’m guessing that they go more than $400K below slot on the three seniors; and that Katoh, rated as a sixth-round prospect, goes for fourth round money. That should give the Yankees about $850K to play with, before even getting to the 5% overage. I’m guessing Clarkin will take $500K of that.

    • wsa says:

      I wouldn’t be so sure about Katoh. He’s a good student and a strong up-the-middle athlete with a commitment to a top program. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets slot or close, though I also wouldn’t be surprised if he gets under.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre says:

        Good thought! This kind of speculation is what makes the weeks after draft so much damned fun!!!

  12. Dalek Jeter says:

    So what’s the path for this kid?
    2013-Staten Island
    2014- Low A/High A
    2015- AA/AAA
    2016- Big Leagues?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      2013 – Big leagues, because that’s what every other team does and the Yankees are a bunch of wimpy Cashman failed.

  13. David Brown says:

    According to K. Levine-Flandrup Coleman is done. Congratulated him in a tweet, and asking “how soon after, are you getting on a plane.”

  14. trr says:

    Love to here positive news like this. With all thr hand-wringing (some of it justified!) this is a breath of fresh air!

    • The Real Me says:

      Agree, but we all have to remember that there’s a high likelyhood of failure among this group. And if they do suceed, we’re likely a few years out before any of them have any kind of impact on the big league team.

      That said, so far so good.

  15. Phil says:

    In a perfect world!

  16. Robert says:

    Good Luck Eric, Hope to see you at Staten Island!!!!!!!!!!

  17. JohnC says:

    Also according to BA’s Jim Callis, 4th rounder Tyler Wade has signed as well. Shortstop with PLus speed, plus arm, and line drive bat.

  18. David Brown says:

    According to Callis, Wade is signed for slot # of $371,300. Getting the Prep SS signed at that $ figure is real good work, I thought he would be over slot. Depending on what Coleman plus the other unsigned players (particularly Clarkin)get, they may get to squeeze in some other “signability cases.” It will be interesting.

  19. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Next stop: DBJ gets superkicked through the Barbershop window. After that, it’ll take three superkicks to get Alex down.

    Welcome to the greatest franchise in professional sports, Eric. Make the pinstripes proud.

    • Pat D says:

      Come now, you know as well as I do that DBJ will attempt to dive through the Barbershop window to try to save himself.

  20. Govin says:

    So he has officially signed this makes me happy.

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