With an aging roster on the field and 3 picks in the first round, the 2013 MLB draft provided the Yankees an opportunity to inject some youth into the organization.
And that’s exactly what they did.
Breaking a trend of selecting High Schoolers in the first round for the past five years, the Yankees looked to fill a need at 3B by selecting Big East player of the year Eric Jagielo of Notre Dame. Jagielo was rated as the 16th overall prospect in this years draft according to Baseball America, and is viewed as a player who has the potential to be on a fast track through the minors. Jagielo posseses an exceptionally powerful bat, the one big knock on his game is his fielding, which many scouts consider below average.
The Yankees chose another standout college player with their second pick, selecting Aaron Judge, an OF from Fresno State with the 32nd overall pick. Judge, who is an imposing 6 foot 7 and weighs in at 255 pounds, is a unique talent who has the ability to turn into one of the best hitters in this years draft.
With the final pick of the first round the Yankees chose California High School left hander Ian Clarkin, who by his own words grew up hating the Yankees, although something tells me the paycheck he’ll be getting from the Bombers will quickly change his feelings. According to Scouts Clarkin possesses the best curveball in this years draft, and has the ability to be a big talent at the next level.
26th overall – Eric Jagielo 3B Notre Dame
Jagielo raised eyebrows in the Cape Cod League last year when he hit .388 with nine homeruns. Jagielo, who has above-average power should feast on the short porch in Yankee Stadium when his time comes. Because of his advanced plate approach, expect to see him in pinstripes sometime in 2014, or early 2015.
32nd overall – Aaron Judge OF Fresno State
At 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, Judge has plus power to all fields, and like Jagielo he will enjoy the short porch of Yankee Stadium. He becomes one of — if not the — best hitting prospects in the yankees system, and he could be roaming the OF in the Bronx as soon as 2015.
33rd overall – Ian Clarkin LHP James Madison HS (CA)
Clarkin was rated by scouts as the the second-best prep lefty in the draft. Clarkin throws in the low-90s and has one of the most impressive curveballs in the draft, so it would have been no surprise had he gone 15 or 20 spots higher tonight.