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Sports

Downers Grove's Eric Jagielo taken by Yankees in first round of MLB Draft

A former Cubs draft pick, Notre Dame third baseman goes 26th overall to New York

DOWNERS GROVE - Eric Jagielo made a big jump up.

The former Downers Grove North baseball player was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 50th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Three years later on June 6, the New York Yankees selected the Notre Dame third baseman with the 26th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.

"It's really hard to put this feeling into words," Jagielo on the Notre Dame athletics website. "People always say `this is a dream come true,' but honestly I'm not sure I could have ever imagined it. You find yourself on pins and needles throughout the day waiting to hear your name called and when you hear it, you almost don't realize what just happened."

With the selection, Jagielo became the just the third position player from Notre Dame to be taken in the first round of the draft, and he was the fifth-highest Irish draft selection in history.

"Eric is one of the most talented hitters that I've ever been around," Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki said. "The talent was readily apparent when I saw him for the first time. What I'm probably most proud of is that he's worked so diligently to make the most of that talent. His selection today is a testament to that talent and hard work."

The 2013 Big East Conference Player of the Year, Jagielo led the conference in on-base percentage (.500) and slugging percentage (.633), was second in batting average (.388) and home runs (nine), and fifth in doubles (19) and RBIs (53).

Among a slew of honors he had received, Jagielo was named coaches first-team all-conference in the 2013 preseason, was a preseason all-American third team selection by Baseball America, and is a semifinalist for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award.

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