1997 TCBA Today Rookie Draft


Our rookie draft was held by live in-person auction on February 7, 1997 at our annual meeting, held at the Willow Valley Resort, Lancaster, PA. Absent members participated by speakerphone or by mail bidding. The highest bid in the draft was made for the second year in a row by the Newark Eagles, this time on Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. High bidder Jim Lafargue was heard praying that this year's top pick would hit better than the .218 produced by last year's top rookie, Charles Johnson.

The successful team and high bid for each player is shown, in thousands of dollars as detailed in the TCBA Constitution (Rules 430-460). As a point of reference, a team's average annual allocation of TCBA money is about $120,000.

Results of Rookie Draft

First Name Last Name Pos/Gr Age Team Cost
Derek Jeter SS-9 22 NE 226
Edgar Renteria SS-9 21 PO 210
Nomar Garciaparra SS-7 23 SS 198
Andruw Jones OF-1 19 FR 190
Jose Rosado Gr 14 22 SI 147
Jason Kendall C-6 22 BR 113
James Baldwin Gr 9 25 EB 105
Alan Benes Gr 6 25 KK 103
Shawn Estes Gr 11 23 BB 102
Todd Walker 3B-3 23 BB 88
Scott Rolen 3B-3 21 SP 85
Billy Wagner Gr 19* 25 LL 81
Mike Sweeney C-6 23 BB 81
Rey Ordonez SS-9 24 BB 81
Chan Ho Park Gr 11/13* 23 NP 81
Brian Giles OF-1 26 AI 90
Jermaine Dye OF-2 23 EB 60
Terry Adams Gr 15* 24 EB 55
Luis Castillo 2B-7 21 EB 55
Tony Batista 2B-8 23 BB 48
Ugueth Urbina Gr 10 23 LL 48
Paul Wilson Gr 3 24 HO 46
T.J. Mathews Gr 15* 27 HO 46
Ruben Rivera OF-2 23 MI 41
Alex Ochoa OF-2 25 LL 33
Larry Thomas Gr 16* 27 LL 28
Curtis Pride OF-1 28 NE 26
Raul Casanova C-6 24 NE 26
Barry Manuel Gr 13* 31 MI 22
Todd Greene C-5 25 NW 21
Osvaldo Fernandez Gr 5 28 NP 21
Cory Bailey Gr 15* 26 MI 20
Eddie Perez C-7 20 KK 28
Donne Wall Gr 5 29 AI 8
Paul Byrd Gr 7* 26 NW 6
Andy Fox 2B-7 26 NW 5

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