Yankees Prospect Profile: Jake Agnos
Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Staten Island, NY – Jake Agnos was the New York Yankees’ fourth-round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft. The southpaw from East Carolina was getting ready to pitch in an NCAA tournament regional game vs. Louisville when he saw on his phone that he had been drafted by the Yankees.
“It was a wild weekend,” Agnos said as he described the days surrounding the MLB Draft, in which he was also fighting to get ECU into the College World Series. “Definitely stressful and it was kind of hard to balance the season and the draft but it was a huge sigh of relief when I got my name called.”
Jake spent a little over a week at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, FL, where he pitched for their rookie squad, the GCL Yankees. He made one start, pitching two innings and striking out the side in both of them.
Agnos was then promoted to the Staten Island Yankees, where he would pitch in four games, throwing ten innings and allowing five runs before being shut down for the rest of the season after reaching his innings limit. Agnos threw 114 innings between mid-February and mid-July, and the Yankees decided to rest him until spring training next year.
Instead of sending him back to their minor league complex, the Yankees opted to keep him in Staten Island to get the full pro baseball experience.
“I’m just going to kind of hang out and watch the games,” Agnos stated in the dugout of Richmond County Bank Park before the Staten Island Yankees game on August 10th. “Being able to just kind of enjoy it and take in pro ball and just learn is super exciting. I’m definitely excited that they kept me up here and were able to let me stay with the team.”
The 2019 All-American Agnos’ repertoire features a four-seam and two-seam fastball as well as a slurve, 12-to-6 curveball, and a changeup. His main pitch, a four-seam fastball, maxes out in the mid 90’s and he uses his curveball as his main breaking ball.
“I try to fill up the zone, get ahead of batters and strike them out,” The southpaw said.
For now, Agnos is enjoying the minor league life while not worrying about the on-field pressure, but he could be enjoying MLB life very soon. In Spring Training next season, Agnos will be turning 22 years old, so he could easily skip full-A if he looks good during camp and starting the season with the A+ Tampa Tarpons. Whether it’s with the Yankees or not, I think it’s fair that Agnos could be in the big leagues in 2021 or 2022.