Eric Stephen Jagielo
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
- School University of Notre Dame
- High School Downers Grove North High School
Third baseman Eric Jagielo was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 50th round of the 2010 amateur draft but did not sign, opting to attend the University of Notre Dame instead. He was then chosen by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft. He soon signed for a bonus of $1.8 million.
Jagielo played for three different teams in 2013, the GCL Yankees 1 and GCL Yankees 2, both in the Gulf Coast League, and the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League. Altogether, he hit .264/.376/.451 in 54 games, with 16 doubles and 27 RBIs. In 2014, he spent most of the season with the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League, playing 85 games, but also played 7 games with the GCL Yankees 1 on a rehabilitation assignment. In Tampa, he hit .259/.354/.460, with 14 doubles, 16 homers and 54 RBIs. In 2015, he moved up to the Trenton Thunder of the AA Eastern League and put up his best numbers percentage-wise, a batting line of .284/.347/.495, although injuries limited him to 58 games. He did hit 16 doubles and 9 homers in spite of the limited playing time.
On December 28, 2015, Jagielo was traded to the Cincinnati Reds alongside IF Tony Renda and Ps Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis in return for closer Aroldis Chapman. He was joining a team that had just traded its starting third baseman in Todd Frazier, opening a big window of opportunity for him.