Yankees agree to terms with top pick Jagielo
Notre Dame third baseman signs for slot value with bonus of $1,839,400
OAKLAND -- The Yankees have signed first-round Draft choice Eric Jagielo, a left-handed-hitting third baseman from Notre Dame.
The 26th overall selection in last week's First-Year Player Draft, Jagielo will receive slot value with a signing bonus of a little more than $1,839,400.
The 2013 Big East Player of the Year, Jagielo batted .388 with nine home runs during his junior campaign with the Fighting Irish. He led the conference with a .500 on-base percentage and a .633 slugging percentage.
A 21-year-old product of the Chicago area, Jagielo also clubbed 13 home runs in the Cape Cod League this year. He said on a conference call last week that he sees a chance to move up quickly through the Yankees' organization at third base.
"I definitely see an opportunity," Jagielo said. "That was the biggest thing, hoping I would be drafted by some team that I can see myself in the future at the big league level at third base."
Jagielo was named a semifinalist for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and was the Yankees' first selection in the Draft. His selection marked the first time the Yankees have taken a college position player with their first pick since outfielder Jon-Ford Griffin in 2001.
"I had pretty extensive contact with [the Yankees]," Jagielo said. "My agent, Mark Rodgers, kept telling me I was one of their top guys. When I was going through and watching people come off the board, I kind of had a feeling I was going to be selected by them."
The organization followed with Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge, with the No. 32 overall pick, and high school pitcher Ian Clarkin, with the No. 33 choice.
Jagielo said that his immediate goals within the Yankees' organization will be to prove that he can play at whatever level he is assigned.
"[I plan to] just kind of go out there and earn the respect and the right that everybody in the organization wants to play at the big league level," Jagielo said. "Go about my business the right way and just compete every day to win that spot."
The Yankees also announced 12 additional signings from this year's Draft: shortstop Tyler Wade (fourth round), right-hander David Palladino (fifth), shortstop John Murphy (sixth), right-hander Philip Walby (12th), right-hander Cale Coshow (13th), left-hander Caleb Smith (14th), center fielder Jordan Barnes (15th), second baseman Derek Toadvine (22nd), right-hander Sam Agnew-Wieland (24th), catcher Trent Garrison (28th), shortstop Kevin Cornelius (31st) and second baseman Hector Crespo (34th).