Some call it fate, some destiny, but for the fans of the Manhattan Gas Hornets the long hoped for event has taken place. Winning the MWWL Lottery for 1995 was 2nd only to earlier World Series victories – maybe even better – because they have the honor and privilege of drafting Derek Jeter to be their anchor for hopefully 10, 15 or even more seasons. Yes – he is projected to be that good!
The kid from Kalamazoo – looks to be a perennial winner – All-star – maybe even an MVP type guy. Future Hall of Famer, come up with any superlative, no hype is unreal for Jeter. Three years in the minors has seen him excel at every level. After partial stints in the Rookie and A Ball in his first year, he went on to a .295/.376/.770 year in a full season of A (full) ball. Lots of extra base potential with 14 doubles, 11 triples and 5 homers and deft work at SS. This past year he did stints at A (Adv), AA and AAA – finishing the season with the Columbus Clippers. In 138 games (all levels) he hit .344 on base 41% of the time and again showed speed amassing 11 triples and stealing 50 bases in 58 attempts. He’s done nothing but improve throughout the year.
He’s pegged to wear the #2 pinstriped uniform for the Gas Hornets as he graces the Big Apple. Chances are he’ll spend much of the year in AAA – but Manhattan management sees him jumping to the big club by September and then NEVER LEAVING! Gas Hornets are seeking to rebuild into a long term playoff team and they are seeking to anchor around Tino Martinez and Jeter as they head to the future. Manhattan has another 1st round pick in the 1995 draft to aid in that effort. But for now, expect to see Derek Jeter headlining the Gas Hornets for many years to come.
The 1995 MWWL Draft Order has now been posted & the complete 480 Pick, 20 Round Selection Order has been posted.
Round #1 – #5 will be Drafted LIVE on in the MWWL Slack Channel – starting at 8:00 PM ET.
Rounds #6 – End we will be using the Online Draft Program of John Niespodzianski – which the MWWL has used for the last 5 years. Rounds #6 – #8 on Tuesday January 8th, Rounds #9 – #12 on Wednesday January 9th, Rounds #13 – End on Thursday January 10th. The Mid-West Winter League Commissioner’s Office will run the Draft around lunch time each day, so make sure your lists are in, your set to auto & complete by 11:00 AM ET.
Here are the top 5 Pick slots as adjusted by the Lottery system.
|TIME||PICK #||ROUND 1 MWWL TEAM|
|8:02 PM||2||Castle Rock|
|8:04 PM||3||Blarney Drive|
|8:08 PM||5||Fort Worth|
World Series Winning Manager George Skiles took home the Manager of the Year Award in the American League for the California Quakes & John Anderson of the Sugar Land Skeeters took the honors in the National League.
The MWWL’s top win team and third most win team for the 1994 season meet in the Fall Classic. For California this is their 2nd appearance. They were swept in 1991. Germantown makes their 4th appearance, the first since 1982. They have a 2-1 World Series record winning titles in 1977 and 1980.