MANHATTAN SELECTS DEREK JETER #1 IN 1995 DRAFT
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.