Opening Day, (The 26th, in Mid-West Winter League History) there was new blood & old blood as all around the League, Stockton returns, Santa Rosa is a franchise move for Germantown – Castle Rock, Cincinnati & DeWitt all joined the league. The season was scheduled for 140 games & everyone is looking ahead to the 1996 Draft where a new young group of players will be added to the League. Flossmoor is the favorite in the ALE. Detroit looking to take the ALC. Forth Worth is the predicted winner in the ALW. A showdown between Floosmor, Detroit & Fort Worth will bring on the American League Champions. Santa Rosa (Formerly Germantown) should take the NLE. No set team is that solid to assure the flag in the NLC, so we could be in for a dog fight. Blarney Drive & Long Beachare going to battle & then battle some more in the NLW, but no sure winner can be predicted. The three teams (Blarney Drive, Long Beach & Santa Rosa will battle for the National League Champions. It’s going to be a great season in the Mid-West Winter League & it all starts NOW!
The predictions are in, the first pitch has been thrown, and the 26th, Mid-West Winter League Season is now underway!
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.