Jagielo ranks sixth on Baseball America’s top NYPL prospects list


Baseball America’s look at the top 20 prospects in each minor league continued today with the Short Season NY-Penn League. OF Harold Ramirez (Pirates) grabbed the top spot despite being only 18 years old in a league mostly full of experienced college draftees. The Yankees landed one player on the list: 3B Eric Jagielo at number six. That’s not surprising; the Staten Island squad was littered with fringe prospects.

Jagielo, 21, hit .266/.376/.451 (153 wRC+) with six homers in 218 plate appearances after being the team’s first of three first round picks in June. “He has a smooth lefthanded swing with good rhythm, and he can turn on a fastball or wait back for an offspeed pitch,” said the subscriber-only scouting report. “His swing can get long at times, but he projects as a solid-average hitter with plus power potential … He’s a below-average runner, and he doesn’t figure to have the mobility to be a standout at third, but most evaluators give him a chance to stick at the position. He has enough arm strength and good accuracy.”

The Yankees had six players on the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League list. The next list of interest is the Low-A South Atlantic League, which will be released tomorrow. 1B Greg Bird is a lock and so is RHP Rafael DePaula, assuming he has enough innings to qualify. I’m pretty sure he does. RHP Jose Campos has a decent chance to make the list, OF Jake Cave, 2B Angelo Gumbs, and LHP Dan Camarena less so.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • viridiana

    Will be interesting to see if Bird makes Top Five. No chance for Refsnyder?

    • yooboo

      Refsnyder would be top 5 if he played SS.

      • Preston

        Or if he could field a ball cleanly at 2b. 25 Errors in 108 games is a lot.

  • http://www.thebronxempire.com The Bronx Empire

    How about Peter O’Brien? I feel like his prospect star is rising. Tomorrow will be the first clue if I’m right or not.

    • Preston

      He got moved off of C, and had 18 errors in 38 games at 3b, so he’s probably a 1b/DH now. The powers legit, but the K’s are worrisome, and he’s already 23. He needs to seriously lower the K’s, while keeping the power, and walking more than he did at high A to profile as a big league 1b/DH. Or he’s going to have to add some defensive value by moving back to C, becoming a legit 3b, or possibly sticking in a corner OF spot, but at this point the defensive improvement seems unlikely.

  • dkidd

    i would be a terrible scout
    my reaction to the video i saw on jagielo was “bad swing, bad body”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Most of us would be terrible scouts. It’s OK.

      • Psycho Trish

        Especially you.

  • Nicholas C Edmunds

    Our farm system is barren.

    • http://www.thebronxempire.com The Bronx Empire

      I think it’s barren of elite talent but has several solid prospects. On my blog I have a system ranking and I would say the top 14 are all pretty promising.


      • Algernon Blackwood

        Are you from the future? How did the Yankees do in 2014?

        • http://www.kingeddardlives.com Commenter From the Future


        • http://www.thebronxempire.com The Bronx Empire

          ??? I’m cool with sarcasm in my direction but I just don’t get this one. You are familiar with the idea of prospect rankings, correct?

    • viridiana

      Not barren. Actually kind of deep. Somewhat thin in top-tier prospects but that could be because three recent first rounders and top pitching prospect essentially did not play last year. Excellent potential for system to move up next year.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Deep in lower-level guys who could emerge. Everyone seems to want an answer as to why there was no one able to step in this year, and that drives the narrative.

  • lightSABR

    Huh. I thought I’d followed DotF pretty closely this year, but I hadn’t realized that Jags hit that well this season. Good for him.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It seemed like he mashed pretty well throughout, with only a bit of a dip upon his initial promotion.

  • yooboo

    John Hart is available if there is no contract agreeable with Rangers. Yanks should get him to replace Mark Newman with Co-President title.