This story was originally published on June 25, 1992. It is being republished as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of USA Today on September 15, 2022.
Today’s American high school baseball player Derek Jeter is on his way to achieving many of his life goals.
The recent Kalamazoo (Michigan) school graduate was the first high school player to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
Jeter, who was the No. 6 pick by the New York Yankees, said, “I was hoping to rank high. It was an honor for me to be high and to be chosen by New York. I was born in New Jersey and did a lot of Yankee matches.”
“Playing in the pro has always been my dream.”
It was scheduled to be a short 6-3, 175-pounder game. His father Charles held this position at Fisk University. However, he started as a second and third baseman under his father’s coaching in the minor league.
“As far as I can remember, I’ve always played baseball,” said Younger Jeter.
He said, “I would go out and my dad would hit me a lot of ground kicks. My mom and my sister would be on the court and they would mark all the balls I hit.”
Jeter averaged 3.82 points and was 21st in class 265. He also won a scholarship to Michigan.
As a sophomore, he started with the Connie McKalamazoo Maroons, who played 65 games in the summer season.
“I was the youngest kid on the team and my dad told me not to be disappointed if I didn’t start,” Jeter said. We used to play every day except for travelling. I think that was the biggest factor (in being seen by the scouts). ”
He said he “hit about .340 in his first year. Last summer I hit about .490 or .500 with 10 or 12 home runs and did a good job on defense.”
This spring, Jeter hit three runs at home in his high school team’s first seven strokes. However, he suffered a bad ankle sprain that ran to first base on a snowy afternoon and only one Homer was injured.
He still plays in 23 of Central’s 26 games, but by his own admission ‘only 80 percent have recovered’.
He hit 0.508 (30 for 59), hit only once and had five pairs, one triple, 28 passes, 21 walks, 23 RBI and was 12 for 12 in the stolen bases. It had a slowdown of 0.831 and a base percentage of 0.637.
“He was the last to get off the field every night, he loves baseball,” coach Don Sommer said.
First Team SS DEREK JETER Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central Ht: 6-3 Wt: 175 Class: Senior Bats: R Throws: R BA: .508 Run: 28 HR: 4 RBI: 23
P JAMES PITTSLEY DuBois (Pa.) Ht: 6-7 Wt: 225 Class: Senior ERA: 0.99 Strikeouts: 166 Bats: R Throws: R WL: 10-3 INings: 85 1/3 Walk: 48
Throws 88 mph constantly, she had four lockups and one no hitter. He had a high strike game 17 and 15 three times and 14 times. Two losses occurred through one run – one on a suicide and the other on a home burglary. Three players threw no hitter, one perfect game. He was drafted No. 17 in the first round by Kansas City.
P JAMIE ARNOLD Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185 Class: Senior ERA: 1.21 Strikeouts: 166 Bats: R Throws: R WL: 11-5 Assings: 110 Walks: 58
He led the state with 166 school strikes and set a state record with 72 1/3 consecutive runs without an earned run. He had 13 complete matches in 14 matches. It allowed 58 strokes as an average of the opponents’ .156 combined strokes. Allows 11 additional hits to base. Osceola County led with a hit average of .465. Fastball has a record of 88-92 mph and has four other effective pitches. No. 21 Atlanta Choice Project. SS PRESTON WILSON Bamberg (SC) Bamberg-Ehrhardt Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190 Class: Senior Bats: R Throws: R BA: .530 Run: 71 HR: 22 RBI: 86
He set a state record with 22 home runs, seven major titles, 86 penalties and 71 throws, and set a national record with eight major titles in his career. Stepson of former New York Mets player Mookie Wilson. Number 9 was coined by the Mets. He had 13 doubles and 24 walkers and was 18 to 18 in the stolen bases. Hit 11 times. It was 13-0 Karami with a 1.98 ERA.
C AJ HINCH Midwest City (Okla.) Ht: 6-1 Wt: 180 Class: Senior Bats: R Throws: R BA: .476 Run: 51 HR: 3 RBI: 43
Named Gatorade Circle National Champions of the Year. No. 62 Chicago White Sox Choice Project. He had 0.767 deceleration and only made four fouls. He stole 39 bases in 43 attempts. He hit the pitch 10 times, walked 39 times and hit eight times. He had 11 doubles and five doubles. Outstanding Student with a GPA of 4.0.
OF TODD HELTON Knoxville (Tenn.) Central Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185 Class: Senior Bats: L Throws: L BA: .656 Run: 55 HR: 10 RBI: 36
He was coined No. 55 by San Diego although he signed with the University of Tennessee for football (quarterback) and baseball. Hit 19 doubles and five three times. He walked 28 times and scored 0.774 on a percentage basis. Adjust school records with .656 batting averaged and 33 employers. He scored 11-0 on the field with a 0.32 ERA. He walked 14 and hit 100 in 65 2/3 runs.
Chad Alexander Lufkin (Texas) Time: 5-11 Weight: 180 Category: Big Bats: Throws R: RBA: .451 Run count: 34hrs: 9, RBI: 35
“We call him the money man,” says coach Fred Oliver. Drafted in the second round by Cincinnati. Hit 10 doubles, triples, grab 28 walkers and steal 11 bases. It had a base ratio of 0.646 and a slowdown of 0.836. He clashed with three hosts in two matches in one day on the Berland Tour. He only made two mistakes. Set a 9-3 pitch record with no hitter.
SS CHRIS SMITH Vallejo (California) Ht: 5-11 Wt: 190 Class: Senior Bats: R Throws: R BA: .506 Run: 36 HR: 2 RBI: 44
Selected #29 by the California Angels. He scored eight hits for the 19-6 team. He hit seven doubles and fours three times and was 18 to 19 in stolen bases. It was hit four times and had a cooldown of 0.782. “What you don’t see in averages is how hard it is to hit the ball,” said coach Norm Tanner.
SS DAVE LANDAKER Simi Valley (CA) Ht: 6-0 Weight: 185 Category: Big Bats: R throws: R BA: .526 Run count: 45 hrs: 3 RBI: 17
School records set with 45 runs and 41 hits. Drew 26 walked – 11 deliberate. He hit eight doubles and three triples and was 18 to 18 in the stolen bases. Hit nine times. He made three fouls, with 74 assists and 30 assists. He was drafted in the second round by Houston.
By Shea Moreans San Angelo (Texas) Midfield: 6-2 Weight: 205 Category: Big Bats: Throws L: R BA: .507 Runs: 20 Hours: 7 RBI: 30
“He can hit any field off the field,” says coach Rod Moore. “Five of his seven runs were at least 400 feet and one in Austin was at least 450 feet.” Multiply five times my husband and six times. A sixth-round pick by Toronto despite being an outstanding quarterback who signed with the University of Texas Soccer. The average was 4.0 scholastic.
Coach Rich Hoffman Miami Westminster Record 1992: 33-2 Coaching Years: 24 Record: 540-163 College: Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) State titles: 4 Scholarship players: 23
His first team finished in 1968-69 with a score of 2-13-1 but Hoffman won his first state title by 1981. “I didn’t even visit the state championship until then. ”He had 41 players continuing their careers in college, 23 on the scholarship. Eight of them played professional baseball. He is the president of the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The second team pitchers school name Ht. Weight. Cl. BT WL ERA Dan Serafini
Center players name of the school Hizb ut-Tahrir. Weight. Cl. POS. BT BA HR RBI Ryan Luzinski
Delran (NJ) Holy Cross 6-1 220 SAR 478 6 33
Track Pelton-Honea (SC) 6-1 200 Fr SS RR.500 9 30
Baldwin Park (California) 6-1 180 Sr SS RR.537 2 18
Lexington (SC) 6-2 170 Fr SS LR 407 5 21
Arlington Heights (Illinois) Hershey
Cynthiana (Ky.) Harrison Co.
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