New York Yankees 3B prospect Eric Jagielo to miss Arizona league with injury

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Yankees’s prospect Eric Jagielo is out with a leg injury

Minor-league third baseman Eric Jagielo, the New York Yankees first-round pick in 2013, won’t play for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League as expected. He was hit in the face by a fastball last week during an instructional league game and needed surgery, which will sideline the 22-year old for four-to-six weeks.

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It’s a slightly disappointing turn of events for Jagielo; MLB teams typically don’t care too much about the results of the AFL, but rather use the fall developmental league to help get guys more work before the off season or to help fill in the gaps in a year marred by injuries. The left-handed hitting Jagielo was limited to just 85 games in his first full professional season, at high-A Tampa, thanks to a strained oblique. The New York Yankees don’t believe the facial injuries will require any more surgery or have any long-term effects.

Despite only playing in 85 games, Jagielo hit 16 home runs and was a Florida State League midseason all-star. He is considered to have a good arm at third base by scouts. He was the 26th overall pick by New York in 2013 and boasts power. However, Baseball Prospectus said he struggles to hit left handers and likely limited range as a third baseman, profiling Jagielo as a second-division regular (he’ll play everyday, but probably won’t be one of the better players in the league at the position) at best (Baseball Propectus link requires a subscription).

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