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Derek Jeter vs. the 1992 first-round draft

Shortstop Derek Jeter during his first spring training

Shortstop Derek Jeter during his first spring training with the Yankees. (Feb. 27, 1993) Photo Credit: Newsday / Paul Bereswill

We all know the story about how five Major League Baseball teams passed on Derek Jeter in the 1992 Draft. But let's take a look at how the entire first round -- 28 players in all -- fared in their baseball careers.


No. Team Player Pos. Comment
1 Houston Astros Phil Nevin  3B Had career highs in 2001 with 41 HR, 126 RBI and .306 BA. In 12 seasons with seven teams (including four in 2006), hit .270 with 208 HRs and 743 RBI.
2 Cleveland Indians Paul Shuey  P Pitched 11 seasons in relief for Cleveland, Los Angeles and Baltimore, with a career record of 45-28 and 3.87 ERA. Had 556 Ks in 530 innings.
3 Montreal Expos B.J. Wallace  P A hot prospect with an Olympic record 14 Ks in one game, Wallace never got above AA. Had minor rotator cuff surgery after the 1994 season, came back in 1996 and his fastball was gone. Retired after three seasons in the minors.
4 Baltimore Orioles Jeffrey Hammonds  OF A 2000 All-Star with Colorado, Hammonds played 13 seasons with six teams. Hit .272 with 110 homers career. Hit .335 with 20 HR and 106 RBI in 2000.
5 Cincinnati Reds Chad Mottola  OF Played five seasons between 1996-2006, going 25-for-125.
6 New York Yankees Derek Jeter  SS 3,465 career hits, 5 World Series rings, 10-time All-Star, 2000 World Series MVP, 4 Gold Gloves, career .310 batting average in 20 seasons and the reason this chart exists.
7 San Francisco Giants Calvin Murray  OF / 3B Made it to the pros in 1999 and played five seasons, with 2000-01 his most productive. Appeared in more than 100 games each of those years and hit .231 for his career.
8 California Angels Pete Janicki  P Spent six seasons in the minors, amassing a 19-36 record and 6.25 ERA.
9 New York Mets Preston Wilson  SS / OF Traded to Florida in 1998 in deal for Mike Piazza. Finished 2nd in 1999 Rookie of the Year voting when he hit .280, 26 HR, 71 RBI. A 2003 All-Star, he led the NL in RBI with 141. In 10 seasons with six teams, hit .264 with 189 HR, 668 RBI and 124 stolen bases.
10 Kansas City Royals Michael Tucker  SS / 2B Broke into the majors in 1995 and played 12 seasons for seven teams, including the Mets. Hit .256 career with 125 HR and 114 SB.
11 Chicago Cubs Derek Wallace  P Made 19 relief appearances for the Mets in 1996, going 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 24.2 IP. Pitched in eight games for Kansas City in 1999.
12 Milwaukee Brewers Kenny Felder  OF Spent five years in the minors but never made it to the Major League. Now a sports agent.
13 Philadelphia Phillies Chad McConnell  OF Played four years in the minors.
14 Seattle Mariners Ron Villone  P Pitched in 717 games over 15 seasons and 12 teams, including 2006-07 with the Yankees. An occasional starter, the lefty from New Jersey was 61-65 with a 4.73 career ERA.
15 St. Louis Cardinals Sean Lowe  P Also drafted in the 43rd round in both 1989 and 1990, Lowe appeared in 69 games over seven seasons in the majors, alternating as a starter and reliever for St. Louis, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh, Colorado and Kansas City. 
16 Detroit Tigers Ricky Greene  P Traded to Milwaukee in 1997, signed as a free agent with Cincinnati in 1998, and pitched in one Major League game in 1999: 5.2 innings in relief, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
17 Kansas City Royals Jim Pittsley  P Appeared in 81 games (29 starts) over four seasons for Kansas City and Milwaukee, totaling a 7-12 record and a 6.02 ERA.
18 New York Mets Chris Roberts  P / OF Released by the Mets after 1997, Roberts played eight seasons in the minors and independent leagues.
19 Toronto Blue Jays Shannon Stewart  OF Hit over .300 six straight seasons and scored more than 100 runs four times. Played 14 years for Toronto, Minnesota and Oakland, and hit .297 career with 315 doubles, 41 triples, 115 HR and 196 SB.
20 Oakland Athletics Benji Grigsby  P Was 19-23 with a 3.94 ERA in six minor-league seasons.
21 Atlanta Braves Jamie Arnold  P Appeared in 50 games over two seasons for the Dodgers and Cubs. Was 2-7 with a 5.73 ERA in 108.1 IP.
22 Texas Rangers Rick Helling  P The most succesful pitcher taken in the first round, Helling led the AL with 20 wins in 1998. Also led the AL in homers allowed in 1999 (41) and 2001 (38). In 12 seasons with five teams, amassed a 93-81 record with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.377 WHIP.
23 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Kendall  OF A 14-year veteran catcher and three-time All-Star, Kendall is the only first-round pick besides Jeter still active in 2010 (Kansas City). Hit over .300 six times, and has a lifetime .290 BA and has thrown out 29 percent of base stealers (454-for-1,575).
24 Chicago White Sox Eddie Pearson  1B Had a .282 career average in 14 minor-league seasons.
25 Toronto Blue Jays Todd Steverson  OF Went 11-for-42 with 2 homers and six RBI for Detroit in 1995, after getting picked up in the 1994 Rule V draft. Was 0-for-1 in 1996 for the Padres.
26 Minnesota Twins Dan Serafini  P Spent seven seasons in the bigs, appearing in 103 games. Was 15-16 with a 6.04 ERA for Minnesota, Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Colorado.
27 Colorado Rockies John Burke  P Appeared in 28 games from 1996-97, going 4-6 with a 6.75 ERA as both starter and reliever. 
28 Florida Marlins Charles Johnson  C / 1B A four-time gold glove catcher, Johnson played 12 seasons with six teams and won a World Series ring with the 1997 Florida Marlins. He hit .247 career with 167 home runs.


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