"Spring Training went well for me," Jagielo said. "I got down there early, and it gave me time to go through a bunch of stuff, the stuff that the Yankees wanted us to go through.
"It was a nice segue into my first Spring Training. I kind of got my feet wet a little bit, but overall, I was happy with my first Spring Training."
Jagielo is already a few games into his tenure here with the Tampa Yankees, which is the major league club's High-A affiliate club. He will look to build off of a solid rookie campaign, in which he hit .266 with eight home runs, 14 doubles and 27 RBI. Despite skipping Low-A ball all together in route to Tampa, Jagielo admits he still has some work to do.
"[I worked on] a bunch of little stuff [in camp]," he said. "Plate discipline, looking for pitches I can drive. Defensively, making sure I can get a little bit more carry on my ball, a little bit better path, footwork. Just little stuff, things that kind of iron out."
Tampa Manager Al Pedrique echoed Jagielo's desire to improve on his defense.
"I was watching him defensively, working on his throwing, making sure he is very accurate," said Pedrique. "His throwing, it doesn't matter from which angle, because he is trying to learn to throw from different angles.
"He's used to throwing from on top, so we are helping him to get used to throwing from different angles, especially playing at third base."
Even though Jagielo had a good showing offensively at Staten Island last year, hitting coach P.J Pilittere agreed with the third baseman's sentiment about improving his approach at the plate, but added that he shows a lot of promise and maturity coming into the season.
"He [Jagielo] wasn't working on anything specifically," Pilittere said. "With him, we just try to keep him at a good base, making sure he has good posture, and making sure he's in a good position to touch down so he can be explosive. He's a very polished hitter, he's a very calm and collected kid, and he doesn't seem to get rattled very much."
Pedrique added onto Jagielo's maturity, stating he doesn't let one area of his game affect the rest of it.
"The first couple of games [this season], he was pressing a little bit," Pedrique said. "I guess he wanted to show, like everybody else, that he's where he's at because he can play the game and help us to win.
But the last [several] games, he seems like he is relaxed a bit more, having more fun at the plate. Offensively, he didn't get [any] hits the first couple of games, but he went out and played good defense, and he didn't let the offense, his slow start, to affect his defense."
Even though he has things to improve on throughout this season, Jagielo, who has now reached base safely in his last seven games entering Monday's contest, was pleased with his first Spring Training.
"I was happy with the first time," Jagielo said. "I'm sure when there's a little bit more time in between this camp and next camp, I'll think of something and say ‘Hey, next year I want to do this a little bit better.' Right now, I haven't gone through enough pro ball to look at what I need to improve on."
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