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6 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2013 - 5:08PM #151
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Merry Christmas and Happy 2014 Big Guy.



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6 years ago  ::  Dec 24, 2013 - 3:57PM #152
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Meet the homegrown 2018 Yankees: The reserves


With a young team, a versatile bunch is needed on the bench









In our world, catching Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte's swan songs won't be J.R. Murphy's only pinstriped memories.(AP)




As we investigate what a 2018 Yankees team made up of only homegrown talent still under team control would look like, we've already revealed a starting lineup that contains the top four position-player prospects in the organization heading into 2013, a former College World Series MVP, two recently-drafted lefties with huge power potential and a man who idolized Derek Jeter well before he earned a shot to become the heir apparent. But as fan or coach alike can tell you, having a strong, versatile bench is just as key as having a packed starting lineup. Only six Yankees played in even 100 games last season but the team still finished 85-77, proving that quality depth is a must at every position.

We intentionally left the designated hitter out of our 2018 starting lineup, because as you'll see, the bench is so versatile that if one of them isn't the DH on any given day, any one of them can step in and "play the matchup" depending on which of the starting eight is getting the "half day off."


There is one thing we can spoil for you, however, and it is this: with the starting lineup containing a 50/50 balance of lefties and righties, the entirety of the reserve squad hits right-handed, so that any (or all) can step in against a tough lefty and give someone a rest.


With that, here are five projected reserves for our 2018 all-team control Yankees:


C/3B Peter O'Brien: Drafted as a catcher, O'Brien began taking reps at third base in Tampa and then again in the Arizona Fall League, gaining some versatility that can help him down the line. In just two seasons in the organization he's proven he can hit (.291 average last year, 32 homers and 130 RBIs in 659 total pro at-bats), and if he even adds maybe the ability to play first base to his repertoire, he could be well on his way to the Bronx -- if not already there -- when he gains Rule 5 eligibility after the 2015 season.


C JR Murphy: O'Brien is a catcher, but with his versatility, the team also needs a true backup backstop, and Murphy fits our bill. Because he reached the Majors and was placed on the 40-man roster last September, the 2018 season would be Murphy's second arbitration-eligible year at worst and second year of team control at best, so he might be one of the costliest on the team but also one of the "veteran" leaders. He's a solid hitter, showed a little bit of pop last season, and is very strong defensively, so he fits the mold of a backup catcher to a tee -- and because O'Brien can catch, he's a guy that could be used as a solid pinch-hitter at times as well.


OF Adonis Garcia: His right-handedness gets Garcia the nod over lefty options like Ramon Flores, Jake Cave or Ben Gamel, but that doesn't mean he's a slouch; in fact, Garcia might actually be the prototypical bench player and fourth outfielder. He's not necessarily strong in any one offensive category, but he's solid across the board, can play all three outfield positions and even a little second base in a pinch, and will be 33 shortly after Opening Day 2018, so he might work best in a reserve role. In reality he may not project to earn a 40-man spot prior to reaching Rule 5 eligibility in November 2015, but in our scenario, he's a guy that could have been a fourth outfielder for a few years by the time we reach 2018.


UTIL Addison Maruszak: He's already Rule 5 eligible, seen multiple looks in Major League spring camp, and will be a grizzled veteran of 32 by April 2018, but Maruszak would be a solid choice for our 2018 Yankees in a Jayson Nix-type utility role. Maruszak hit .254 with 32 RBIs in his first extended look (94 games) at Triple-A last year, and played every position but center field and catcher; these 2018 Yankees of ours don't need either, but they do need a guy who can fill in behind Cito Culver and Rob Refsnyder. Add in the fact that he could be a fifth outfielder, man a corner in a pinch, or maybe even knock one out of the park at times (he did hit 16 homers in Trenton in 2012), he seems like a perfect fit on this bench.


SS Abiatal Avelino: The final spot on our bench was a hot debate, but in the end, we wanted a true middle infielder with a righty bat and a speed element; our choice came down to Thunder stalwart Jose Pirela and Avelino, who got the nod simply because he's younger (barely 23 on Opening Day 2018) and much more of a natural shortstop (Pirela was moved off the position after making 37 errors at Trenton in 2011). Avelino stole 28 bases and hit .303 in 53 games between the GCL and Staten Island in his first season in America, putting his name on the map early; if he continues that progression, he could be a name to watch somewhere around 2016 in "real time," but for now, he gets the final nod as the 25th man in our fantasy 2018.



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6 years ago  ::  Dec 24, 2013 - 3:58PM #153
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Yankees Prospects: Rankings from around the internet



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The offseason is the perfect time to rank prospects based on their 2013 season and what we expect from them in 2014. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus have both released their prospect lists, as have we, but there are plenty of other rankings around the internet that could deserve some attention as well.


Prospect 361 | Rich Wilson:



1. Gary Sanchez


2. Slade Heathcott


3. Eric Jagielo


4. Tyler Austin


5. Mason Williams


6. Rafael De Paula


7. Aaron Judge


8. Greg Bird


9. Manny Banuelos


10. J.R. Murphy



Baseball Instinct | Thomas Belmont:



1. Gary Sanchez


2. Mason Williams


3. Tyler Austin


4. Jose Campos


5. Slade Heathcott


6. Ty Hensley


7. Manny Banuelos


8. Rafael De Paula


9. Mark Montgomery


10. Angelo Gumbs



Pinstripe Pundits | Chris Mitchell and Derek Albin:



1. Gary Sanchez


2. Eric Jagielo


3. Mason Williams


4. J.R. Murphy


5. Slade Heathcott


6. Rafael De Paula


7. Greg Bird


8. Tyler Austin


9. Jose Campos


10. Ty Hensley



Double G Sports | Gregg Snyder:



1. Gary Sanchez


2. Slade Heatchott


3. Mason Williams


4. J.R. Murphy


5. Eric Jagielo


6. Aaron Judge


7. Ian Clarkin


8. Greg Bird


9. Luis Severino


10. Gosuke Katoh



Top Prospect Alert | J.P. Schwartz:



1. Gary Sanchez C


2. Mason Williams OF


3. Eric Jagielo 3B


4. Rafael DePaula RHP


5. Tyler Austin OF


6. Greg Bird 1B


7. Manny Banuelos LHP


8. Ian Clarkin LHP


9. Aaron Judge OF


10. Slade Heathcott OF



By averaging out these five prospect rankings we can get a more definitive look at their lists and see which prospects really are the best:


  1. Gary Sanchez
  2. Mason Williams
  3. Slade Heathcott
  4. Eric Jagielo
  5. Tyler Austin
  6. Rafael De Paula
  7. Greg Bird
  8. J.R. Murphy
  9. Aaron Judge
  10. Manny Banuelos


Once every major (and minor) outlet releases their prospect list we can compile them all and hopefully get as close as possible to how good these prospects are.

6 years ago  ::  Dec 26, 2013 - 11:32PM #154
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Prospect Park: Jose Campos



Jose Campos1The Basics:



BBDP Nickname: J-Cam
Name: Jose Campos
Age: 21
Signing: 2009 out of Venezuela, signed by the Seattle Mariners
Size: 6-foot-4, 195-pounds
Fastball: 93
Other Pitches: Curve, Changeup, Slider
BBDP Rank: 6
Position: RHP



You can’t mention Jose Campos’ name without mentioning the now infamous trade that brought Michael Pineda (and Campos) to New York for Jesus (the second coming of Babe Ruth) Montero and Hector Noesi. So far, the trade has netted a whole lot of nothing for either side. With Pineda finally healthy and Jose Campos ready to take of the training wheels, that could all change after this season.



Jose’s career trajectory has been a bit rocky. He started off with the Mariners in the Venezuelan Summer League (the equivalent of the DSL for the Mariners). There he learned the ropes and as a 16 year old had a 5.73 ERA in 33.0 innings with 23 strikeouts. The following year he proved he was ready for the United States by posting a 3.16 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 innings. He also had a 3.0 BB/9.



As an 18 year old Campos made it stateside in 2011. Seattle placed him in their Short Season Low-A affiliate, where he had his coming out party. He pitched 81.1 innings, had 85 K, and a 2.32 ERA. He was ranked by Baseball America as the third best prospect in the league he played in. He was seen by many as the best pitching prospect in the Short Season leagues.



Then he was traded to the Yankees, where he pitched 24.2 innings in his first season and then succumbed to elbow problems which kept him out the rest of the season. He had a 4.01 ERA in that time period and struck out 26 batters.



Almost full strength by the start of the season in 2013, Campos was a 20 year old in Charleston and had an effective season. He built his strength throughout the season but never got quite back to the guy the Yankees thought they traded for in terms of stuff. That said, he had excellent numbers. He threw 87.0 innings, had 77 K, and had an astoundingly low 1.7 BB/9 rate. His ERA was 3.41 on the season.



After the 2013 season Campos was eligible for the rule 5 draft, and he was protected by the Yankees on the 40-man roster, which shows how highly they think of him.



The Stuff:



There are three versions of the Jose Campos story you will read about on the internet. There’s his scouting report with the Mariners, his scouting report after he came to the Yankees, and his scouting report after the injury. It’s unclear why the scouting report was different almost immediately after being traded to the Yankees, but it could have involved anything from the elbow injury to an anti-Yankees bias in the media.



In general, Campos was known prior to the trade to the Yankees as a guy who sat 92-95 mph and reached 98 mph on occasion. He was known to have a slider and curve with plus potential and a change which was early in development at that time. He was known to have good pitch-ability and control though.



On arrival with the Yankees it became clear that Campos was more of a 91-94 guy who could pop a couple of 96 readings on the radar gun. His curve was an 82-84 mph offering and good command.The changeup graded out as a decent third pitch. He has good control of all of his offerings.



Last but not least, we can look at Campos’ stuff now. Campos sits mostly at 92-93 mph. He will throw some 89-91 mph pitches throughout the game though. His fastball is relatively straight at this point in his career. His curve ranges between 72-78 mph but inconsistent. It does have plus potential if he is able to stay more on top of it and keep it in the high 70′s to low 80′s.



He is accurate with his changeup, and it sometimes has good fade, but is inconsistent at this point. He will have to work on all of his pitches to continue to ascend going forward. It also wouldn’t hurt if he was able to regain some of that lost velocity. That in and of itself would bring him back to the top prospect radar.



Ceiling/Floor:



With the current stuff, Campos has to be viewed as more of a potential late inning reliever. It’s tough to pigeon-hole him into that category though because no one knows if he will have more in the tank next season when he will hopefully have all of his arm strength back. If he does, and his off-speed pitches take a step forward then his ceiling immediately goes to a second starter.



His floor is pretty obvious. With the near disastrous elbow injury last season, he could end up being an injury bust. That said, without an injury his floor is actually pretty high. There’s a reason the Yankees had to protect him this year, because he is talented enough already to contribute to a major league bullpen. Even if he did go in the rule 5 there would have been a high likelihood of a team returning him to the Yankees.



The likelihood of hitting his ceiling at this point is low, but no one really knows how his arm will rebound next year. We will have a much better idea of where Campos stands after the 2014 season.



2014 Outlook:



Campos will start out in High-A Tampa. The Yankees will still limit his innings since the most he’s ever thrown was 87 last year. That likely means he’ll be due for somewhere between 117-127 innings next year. After that the training wheels will be completely taken off. Now that he’s on the 40-man roster. The Yankees will have to burn an option on him every year until he reaches the majors. He has three options now. This means that he will have to be on the major league team in 2017 or be passed through waivers.



That still places him on track to be in Triple-A in 2016 if he moves one level at a time, however if he moves faster it will give the Yankees more flexibility with him. He could be in the majors as soon as 2015 depending how fast he moves and how quickly his stuff comes along.



Admittedly I was probably a bit more bullish in my ranking of Campos than I should have been in my End of the Season Top 50. Six is a bit high given all of the other high end arms in the system and given where his arm is right now. To be fair though I didn’t have the most updated scouting information at my disposal at that time. His ranking will probably drop a bit in the preseason Top 50 for 2014, but he’ll have a chance to change that pretty quickly if he comes to camp throwing fireballs.

6 years ago  ::  Dec 29, 2013 - 1:31PM #155
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Almonte and Pirela wrap up strong winter ball seasons


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First, two quick notes:

  • The Yankees have released a total of 33 minor leaguers over the last few weeks, according to Matt Eddy. The most notable are RHP Sean Black, LHP Jose Diaz, LHP Tim Flight, IF Fu-Lin Kuo, and OF Shane Brown.
  • Enrique Rojas reports IF Yamaico Navarro has agreed to a contract with the Samsung Lions in Korea. He gets $300k guaranteed plus incentives. The Yankees signed Navarro to a minor league deal a few weeks ago and agreed to let him out of the contract so he could head to the KBO.

Now, for the stats. This will be the final update of the year and I don’t just mean that because New Years’ is right around the corner. The various winter league seasons are either over or end tomorrow, so these stats are as good as final. I’ll be sure to post any minor league notes and what not, but as far as actual stat updates go, this is the last one until the regular season resumes in April.


Arizona Fall League (season is over, so these stats are final)

  • OF Tyler Austin: 4 G, 4-12, 2 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP (.333/.438/.500) — left the league with a wrist injury
  • UTIL Addison Maruszak: 10 G, 9-32, 8 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 10 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, 1 CS (.281/.452/.344)
  • 3B/C Peter O’Brien: 16 G, 12-63, 5 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 2 BB, 26 K (.190/.212/.413)
  • OF Mason Williams: 22 G, 23-86, 11 R, 6 2B, 4 RBI, 8 BB, 18 K, 4 SB, 2 CS (.267/.330/.337)
  • RHP Brett Gerritse: 9 G, 11.2 IP, 12 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 11 BB, 12 K, 2 HR,1 WP, 1 HB (9.26 ERA, 1.96 WHIP)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 11 G, 11 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 10 K, 1 WP (0.00 ERA, 1.18 WHIP)
  • LHP Vidal Nuno: 5 G, 4 GS, 19.2 IP, 20 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 18 K, 1 HR (3.20 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)
  • LHP James Pazos: 10 G, 10.1 IP, 13 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 9 K, 2 WP (1.74 ERA, 1.94 WHIP)

Dominican Winter League (season is over)

  • OF Zoilo Almonte: 43 G, 55-174, 22 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 7 BB, 36 K, 6 SB, 2 CS (.316/.343/.454) — he’s what, seventh on the outfield depth chart right?
  • IF Dean Anna: 9 G, 8-34, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 7 K (.235/.316/.294)
  • IF Eduardo Nunez: 5 G, 3-20, 2 K (.150/.150/.150)
  • C Gary Sanchez: 12 G, 5-28, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 18 K, 4 SB, 2 CS (.267/.330/.337)
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2 G, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2K, 1 WP (3.86 ERA, 2.56 WHIP)

Mexican Pacific League (season ends tomorrow)

  • OF Jose Figueroa: 42 G, 5-40, 8 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 BB, 15 K, 1 SB (.125/.205/.225)
  • UTIL Ronnie Mustelier: 53 G, 51-189, 25 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 28 BB, 34 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.270/.386/.360)
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 65 G, 62-233, 35 R, 6 2B, 10 HR, 38 RBI, 32 BB, 47 K, 3 SB, 4 CS, 3 HBP (.266/.357/.421)
  • RHP Manny Barreda: 8 G, 8.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K (2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 5 G, 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP (4.26 ERA, 1.74 WHIP)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 9 G, 8.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 2 HR (5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

The Yankees did not have any players in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico). The season ends tomorrow.


Venezuelan Winter League (season ends tomorrow)

  • C Francisco Arcia: 20 G, 15-52, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 15 K, 2 HBP (.288/.367/.385)
  • IF Ali Castillo: 36 G, 27-100, 14 R, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 11 K, 3 SB, 1 CS (.270/.302/.300)
  • OF Ramon Flores: 3 G, 0-6, 1 BB (.000/.143/.000)
  • OF Adonis Garcia: 53 G, 75-231, 38 R, 15 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 7 BB, 30 K, 3 SB, 2 HBP (.325/.347/.502) — he’s also grounded into 11 double plays, which is a helluva lot for 53 games
  • C Jose Gil: 36 G, 32-111, 18 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 22 BB, 21 K, 1 SB, 3 CS, 3 HBP (.288/.416/.468) — nice winter for the long-time organizational backstop
  • OF Ericson Leonora: 1 G, 0-4, 1 K (.000/.000/.000)
  • UTIL Jose Pirela: 61 G, 80-239, 57 R, 13 2B, 7 3B, 5 HR, 41 RBI, 33 BB, 28 K, 5 SB, 2 CS, 5 HBP (.335/.419/.510) — excellent winter, now let’s see if it’s enough to finally get him out of Double-A
  • OF Antoan Richardson: 36 G, 34-134, 19 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 16 BB, 33 K, 6 SB, 2 CS, 5 HBP (.254/.353/.336)
  • RHP Jose Campos: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (9.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP)
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Dec 29, 2013 - 1:32PM #156
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Ex-Yankee Melky Mesa signs with Kansas City Royals






Ex-Yankee prospect Melky Mesa has signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. He was released, not designated for assignment, by the Yankees back in September to remove him from the 40-man roster. It seemed possible that that they were looking to re-sign him, since they had previously done the same with David Adams before re-signing him, but alas.


Mesa made his major league debut in 2012 and joined Yankee history when he missed third base while racing home. It seemed like a quirky beginning to maybe a longish career as a replacement-level player on the bench. Yeah, ok, he wasn't exactly promising, but it's a big deal any time the Yankees bring up someone from the farm system. He has been in the organization for eight year, since 2006. That's a loooong time.


In only five games this season, Mesa accumulated three singles and two doubles before being sent back down. Unfortunately, though he's been an above-average hitter in the minors, he's also collected a tremendous amount of strikeouts over the years. He had a 32.3% strikeout rate in 2012 and it only got worse when it jumped to 33.7% in 2013. That's 230 strikeouts in two seasons. Yikes. Also, he's never had a walk rate higher than 9.0% at any level. That combination will definitely be a problem.


Maybe his his right-handed bat would have been useful at some point, but he's almost 27 and really won't be amounting to much.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Jan 03, 2014 - 11:35AM #157
MajorYankFan
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Aaron Judge, OF


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Position: OF


DOB: 04/26/1992 (Age: 21)


Height/Weight: 6’2”, 255 pounds


Bats/Throws: R/R


Drafted: First round, 2013 (Fresno State)


ETA: 2016


 


2013 Stats


 


Scouting Report


At 6’7”, 255 pounds, Aaron Judge is an absolute physical specimen with surprising athleticism and loud tools; right-handed hitter boasts 80-grade raw power to all fields and showcased it more consistently in games last spring; easy 25-plus home run potential at maturity; strikeouts will always be part of his game, like most long-limbed sluggers; swing can get long at times, and he struggles to drive pitches at the bottom of the strike zone; fringy hit tool projection; compensates for a lack of impact bat speed with sheer strength.


Defensively, Judge’s above-average range and plus arm are ideal for a career in right field; some concern that his monster frame will lead to injuries with age; lacks the finesse and glove to move to first base.


 


Ceiling: First-division player


 


Risk: High


6 years ago  ::  Jan 03, 2014 - 12:29PM #158
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Ian Clarkin, LHP


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DOB: 02/24/1995 (Age: 18)


Height/Weight: 6’2”, 186 pounds


Bats/Throws: L/L


Drafted: First round, 2013 (Madison HS, Calif.)


ETA: 2017


 


2013 Stats


 


Scouting Report 


A lot of moving parts in delivery; starts by moving back with a high leg kick and brings hands up high around his head before moving toward the plate; good extension out front; big stride toward the plate; release point tends to change from pitch to pitch, though not an uncommon trait in high school arms; clean arm action and ability to release ball late helps velocity play up.  


Fastball command is below-average at present but will flash at least average in spots; inconsistent command and release point; needs to stay on top of it more consistently; sits 90-92 right now with ability to add another 1-2 miles at peak. 


Breaking ball has hard, late bite; 12-6 shape on pitch with depth that can buckle knees; doesn't always finish well out front, leading to pitch bouncing in front of the plate; future plus offering that should miss bats; doesn't trust changeup in game situations; will occasionally show flashes of being an average offering; above-average movement on the pitch; good arm speed.


 


Ceiling: No. 3 or 4 starter


 


Risk: High

6 years ago  ::  Jan 03, 2014 - 1:32PM #159
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Greg Bird, 1B


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Position: 1B


DOB: 11/09/1992 (Age: 21)


Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215 pounds


Bats/Throws: L/R


Drafted: Fifth round, 2011 (Grandview HS, Colo.)


ETA: 2016


 


2013 Stats


 


Scouting Report


Physically strong player at 6’3”, 215 pounds; he gets billed as a Three True Outcome hitter but is more than that; bat speed is slightly above-average; employs a mature and consistent approach from the left side of the plate; works deep counts thanks to solid pitch recognition and a feel for the strike zone; present extra-base machine with the upside of 20-plus home runs in his prime; drives the ball with backspin carry to all fields; hit tool could surprise people in 2014 and translate favorably in the Florida State League.


A back injury in 2012 forced Bird from catcher to first base full time this past season; below-average runner; possesses decent range, but his lack of athleticism and quickness will prevent him from becoming a top-notch defender; still learning specifics of the position; overall value will always be tied to his bat.


 


Ceiling: Second-division regular/platoon player


 


Risk: Medium


6 years ago  ::  Jan 03, 2014 - 1:33PM #160
MajorYankFan
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Eric Jagielo, 3B


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Position: 3B


DOB: 5/17/1992 (Age: 21)


Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215 pounds


Bats/Throws: L/R


Drafted: First round, 2013 (Notre Dame)


ETA: 2015


 


2013 Stats


 


Scouting Report


Upright stance; sets up with high hands and loads deep; hand positioning has been lowered slightly since summer; some length to swing; stays inside the ball well; has become more comfortable using entire field; showcases shorter swing on inner-half offerings; tends to extend arms early with pitches on the outer half; streaky hitter with patient approach; sees a lot of pitches; goes through periods where he expands the zone; can strike out in bunches.


Two-handed swing with high finish is geared toward driving the ball; derives power from strong lower half; easy power, especially to the pull side; should be able to showcase more opposite-field pop as a professional with a shorter bat path.


Below-average runner; lacks quickness; may lose another step as he continues to mature physically; average defensive third baseman; makes the plays; some athleticism; decent instincts but lacks overall quickness; fringy range; arm is strongest defensive asset; suitable for the hot corner; would also play as a left fielder or first baseman if he's forced off the position.


 


Ceiling: Second-division regular


 


Risk: Medium


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