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


  1. viridiana says:

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

  2. 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 says:

      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.

  3. dkidd says:

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

  4. Nicholas C Edmunds says:

    Our farm system is barren.

  5. lightSABR says:

    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.

  6. yooboo says:

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

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