"What we're trying to do — regardless of this hire or any hire — is really serve the players," Eppler said. "You just want to be able to answer every question, so if a player has questions you want to have them talk to somebody from a technical expertise and maybe from a psychological expertise. If we can really have that diversity of thought we should be able to serve the players for what they need."
Ask people about Jagers and one of the first things that always comes up is his work ethic. It's how he developed into a Division I pitcher and how he became one of the leading minds at Driveline."I feel like I work pretty hard, but this guy blows everybody out of the water," said Desi Druschel, who was Jagers’ pitching coach at Iowa. "He does more than anybody else ever will. He'’s off the charts with his work ethic."
Note that Druschel is now the assistant pitching coach for the Yankees.
"It’s not just the technical side of it. He's the best at the actual information and delivering it to players. That's without question what he’s the best at. Is he the best nerd in the world? Probably not. Is he the best coach in the world? Probably not. Is he the best meld of both when it comes to pitch design? I don’t think there is any question."