With the No. 26 pick, the Yankees might have selected No. 13's future replacement. Eric Jagielo is a 6-foot-3, left-handed third baseman out of Notre Dame. He was thrilled to be picked by the Yankees.
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— Eric Jagielo (@E_Jagielo) June 7, 2013
Here is what our draft expert Keith Law says about Jagielo:
Jagielo is one of the more polished college bats in the class, valuable even though he doesn't have the explosive tools of Hunter Renfroe or huge raw power of Kris Bryant. Jagielo loads his hands very high and deep, creating a longer path to the ball, compensating with strong hands and forearms that allow him to make solid contact even when he has to fully extend his arms to cover the pitch low and away. He's quick enough to keep his hands inside the ball and doesn't project to have trouble with better velocity.
In the field, he's an adequate defender at third with arm strength, agile enough to stay at the position even though he's going to be among the bigger third basemen in pro ball. I could see him as a 20-homer guy with mid-.300s OBPs who plays solid-average defense in a few years, which would make him an everyday guy who could make an All-Star Game or two.