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Presented is the final scouting report on a young Michigan high school baseball star, Derek Jeter, from April 8, 1992. New York Yankees Free-Agent scout Dick Groch began scouting the Kalamazoo Central High School standout in 1991, and this final report was filed with the Yankees prior to the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft. This historic document is a hand-written report, in black ink on white paper with two carbon copies, one yellow and one pink, attached, notes that Jeter had an “above avg. arm, quick rel., accurate throws with outstanding carry. Soft hands, good range, active feet. Very good runner…Flow on the bases shows power potential. Quick bat.” Groch evaluated Jeter has having excellent dedication, agility and emotional maturity, and rated him as a “ML Shortstop “Blue Chip” A Yankee”. His summation on Jeter – “A Yankee! A five tool player will be a ML Star! +5!!”

The Houston Astros held the first overall pick in the 1992 MLB Draft. Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser, who worked for the Astros as a scout, evaluated Jeter extensively and lobbied team management to select him. Fearing Jeter would insist on a salary bonus of at least $1 million to forgo college for a professional contract, they chose Cal State Fullerton outfielder Phil Nevin, who signed for $700,000. Newhouser felt so strongly about Jeter's potential that he quit his job with the Astros in protest after they ignored his drafting advice. The Yankees, who selected sixth, also rated Jeter highly. Groch had watched Jeter participate in an all-star camp held at Western Michigan University. Though Yankees officials were concerned that Jeter would attend college instead of signing a professional contract, Groch convinced them to select him, saying, "the only place Derek Jeter's going is to Cooperstown". The second through fifth picks were Paul Shuey, B. J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds and Chad Mottola. The Yankees wisely drafted Jeter, who chose to turn pro, signing for $800,000. The rest, as they say, is history with Jeter about to enter the doors of Cooperstown in 2020. This item is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Groch via Steiner Sports with Steiner hologram attached to the letter.

1992 Derek Jeter New York Yankees Scouting Report (Dick Groch/Steiner)
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