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Pinstriped Prospects Mailbag: Jagielo, Future Shortstop, Pulaski Yankees, & More

Welcome to the Pinstriped Prospects Mailbag.  If you have a question on any of the New York Yankees prospects or the Yankees minor league affiliates in general send it to us and you could be featured!

From Pete:
Is there a medical update on Eric Jagielo? His name isn’t mentioned much but my guess is that his injury prevented playing in the AFL. Thanks
Eric Jagielo took a baseball to the face during the 2014 Instructional League, afterwards he had surgery and had to sit out the Arizona Fall League so he can complete his recovery.  The last report I heard is he is doing well, no issues with his eye sight and should be playing in 2015.

From Kenny:
With all of the talk of the Yankees shortstop of the future, the names being thrown around have been Jorge Mateo, Abiatal Avelino, Dermis Garcia and Tyler Wade, but what do you guys make of other shortstops like Thairo Estrada and Yancarlos Baez? Thanks in advance.
Ultimately I feel that Thairo Estrada will probably move to second base or grow into a utility player as he moves up the later.  His 2014 season was cut short due to a lower body injury he sustained while running the bases.  His defense is okay, I would not call him one of the better defensive shortstops in the system.   Yancarlos Baez on has a limited number of games in the US, he is another guy I would expect to see change positions as he moves up the ladder.

The Pulaski Yankees are expected to have some great young talent on the team. In addition to guys from the 2015 draft expect to see several guys from the Gulf Coast League to move up. I expect to see Jorge Mateo on the team as the everyday shortstop as well as guys like Austin DeCarr and Leonardo Molina. Be sure to check next week when we do our roster preview for the Pulaski Yanks.

Bryan Emery was widely considered one of this signing periods top outfielders. He has the ability to play all around the outfield but has a skill-set that can place him in right field. He covers ground in the outfield well and has a strong arm. He will be one guy to keep an eye on in the future.

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