What They Said At The Time… The Derek Jeter Hype Came True!
The following excerpts come from some Yankees Yearbooks as Derek Jeter made his successful trek to the big leagues:
In 1993 the Yankee yearbook highlighted Derek Jeter as the second prospect (behind Brien Taylor) featured in the “On The Way Up” section. Jeter’s short bio included the following:
Projected to develop into a very productive offensive player with some power…
In 1994, Jeter was featured as the first player in the “On The Way Up” section which read (in part):
6’3”, 175, 19 years old … All-around great talent who made great strides defensively in 1993, his first full minor league season … Ranked fifth in the Yankees organization in batting average …Was voted the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect by South Atlantic League managers…
The 1995 Yankees Yearbook highlighted Derek Jeter (uniform #70) on the last page of player biographies. Part of that passage read:
Take one look at Derek Jeter’s baseball resume and you can’t help but be impressed.
The Yankees’ first-round selection in the 1992 free agent draft was named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year playing for Tampa, Albany and Columbus last year.
A part-time student at the University of Michigan, Jeter is as committed to his academics as he is to his athletic endeavors.
With only 35 Triple-A games under his belt, you may find Jeter starting the ‘95 campaign in Columbus, but baseball experts everywhere agree that Jeter’s arrival in the Bronx will come sooner rather than later.
This excerpt is from the 1996 Yankees Yearbook – Derek Jeter’s rookie season:
As many experts predicted , this 21-year-old’s time to shine bright in Yankee Stadium has come sooner rather than later.
The Yankees’ first-round selection in the 1992 free-agent draft has made four minor league stops and excellent in each stint – all while working part-time toward a college degree at the University of Michigan.
In his two brief stints with the Yankees in ‘95, Jeter hit .250 with seven RBI in 15 games. On May 29, he became the youngest player to appear for the Yankees since Jose Rijo in 1984.
With an awesome arsenal of speed and power, Jeter could turn all that hype and expectation into virtual reality.
The great news, of course, is that Jeter fulfilled his promise – and more! From the start, the Yankees knew they had chosen a winner!