New York Yankees: Aaron Judge

Jagielo envisions taking over at third

June, 7, 2013
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Eric Jagielo envisions himself one day taking over third base for the Yankees.

But the team's first first overall selection in the 2013 MLB draft -- 26th overall -- out of Notre Dame, realizes he's going to have to work for it.

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Mike Janes/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesFirst-round pick Eric Jagielo imagines he will one day play third base in the Bronx.
"I definitely see an opportunity, and that was the biggest thing when I was hoping to get drafted by some team that I could kind of see myself in the future at their big-league level at third base," Jagielo (pronounced Juh-GUY-lo) said Friday.

"... But I'm not really gonna take anything for granted. I'm just gonna kind of go out there and try to earn the respect and the right to that position that everyone wants me to play at the big-league level, and kind of go about my business everyday to try to win that spot."

Jagielo, who is listed at 6-3, 215 pounds and bats left, was named the 2013 Big East Player of the Year after hitting .388 for the Fighting Irish with nine homers and 53 RBIs this past season. He became the first college player selected by the Yankees in Round 1 since 2001.

"I think just going to Notre Dame it allowed me to mature as a person and a player. I think there's a thing that I've learned to deal with, a lot of adversity that I went through both on and off the field that will benefit me going through the system."

David Phelps, who also went to Notre Dame, sent congratulations to Jagielo Thursday night, welcoming him to the organization.

"I thought it was an awesome thing for him to do," Phelps said.

Jagielo says the only time he's ever been to Yankee Stadium was when the Notre Dame team got a private tour a year ago. That should change shortly.

• Aaron Judge, a 6-7 outfielder out of Fresno State who the team selected 32nd overall, says he models his game as a hitter after Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Judge played center field the majority of his collegiate career, but expects to move to one of the corner spots in the minor leagues. He manned left and right field his freshman year before moving to center for his sophomore and junior seasons.

Judge hit .369 with 12 homers for the Bulldogs last season.

Yanks pick 6-foot-7 OF in 1st round

June, 6, 2013
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With the 32nd selection of the first round, the Yankees picked 6-foot-7, 255-pound outfielder Aaron Judge. He played center field at Fresno State. He is right-handed.

Here's Keith Law's thoughts on Judge:

"Judge is taller than any outfielder in major league history except for Frank Howard (also listed as 6-foot-7, 255 pounds on Baseball Reference), but is very athletic for a guy his size, an average runner with a surprisingly short swing given his height.

He wraps his bat behind his head when he's finished his load, which usually adds length to the swing, but the path for his hands from there to the zone is very short; it's more of a concern that he doesn't have his top hand fully extended until the bat is most of the way through the zone. Like a lot of taller hitters who set up high, he prefers the ball up in the zone, and the huge raw power he shows in BP doesn't always appear in games because he doesn't get under the ball enough to drive it out. Judge won't play center in pro ball but is an average runner who should have above-average range in either corner, with a plus arm to handle right, along the lines of Jason Heyward's defensive profile."


He has 30-homer potential for a team willing to overlook what might be 150 strikeouts a year, which would still be an above-average player, but the fact that he hasn't shown a ton of power during games so far is a minor red flag.

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BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.285 13 62 63
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 62
RB. Gardner 78
OPSB. Gardner .774
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135