When looking at the New York Yankees organization, they have a lot of depth when it comes to the middle infield positions. However, there is one shortstop that plays in the Missouri Valley Conference that should not go unnoticed in this year’s First-Year Player Draft for his strong hitting ability. That shortstop’s name is Jeremy Eierman from Missouri State University.
Baseball America did their organizational projections (subscription needed) for the New York Yankees and Eierman was one of the names that they suggested could be a player New York drafts.
In his junior season at Missouri State, Eierman has been consistent at the plate. In 50 games, the six-foot-one, 205-pound right-handed hitter has a slash line of .295/.385/.530 with nine home runs, 44 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases.
Now, Eierman isn’t known for his power, but he did have a good sophomore season when he hit 23 home runs and drove in 68 runs over the course of 63 games (2017). While the home run totals are down this year, Eierman has shown that when he makes contact with his swing, extra-base hits tend to happen. Here is some video of his swing courtesy of Perfect Game Baseball:
Out of his 57 hits this season, 27 of them have gone for extra-bases (47.3 percent). This includes 16 doubles (tied for fourth in the conference) and two triples. He has at least two triples in each of his three seasons with the Bears. Plus, he has only been caught stealing three times, so when he does try to steal, he is successful more often than not.
From a defensive standpoint, Eierman has improved over his time at Missouri State if you look solely at his error totals. While errors are not the end-all, be-all in defensive analysis, he has had ten errors in each of the last two seasons after having 21 in 2016 as a freshman.
It is up to the Yankees to figure out where can they select Eierman in less than three weeks. In FanGraphs’ recent mock draft, they have the shortstop going to the Arizona Diamondbacks (25th). Perfect Game Baseball also has Eierman going to Arizona.
In their history, the Yankees have only selected two players from Missouri State. Those two pitchers were right-hander Jake Shafer (41st Round – 2007) and left-hander Aaron Meade (28th Round – 2009). With that being said, the Bears’ program has seen a player go in the first round in two of the last three years, so it is a school that has a good track record.
If you look at his background, Eierman is used to being around people that have been drafted and that is usually always a positive. His dad, John, was a 13th Round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1991 out of Rice and his brother, Johnny, was a Third Round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 out of Warsaw High School (Missouri).
Eierman has the hit tool to be successful professionally. With that being said, will the Yankees draft a college bat in the latter stages of the First Round? Since they have one of the lowest bonus pools, maybe they take a chance on a college bat that is easier to sign compared to a high school/prep school player that has already committed to a top university.
While Eierman might not be a name that gets a lot of attention between now and the MLB Draft, maybe he becomes the next middle infield prospect to join the New York Yankees organization.