Tuesday, September 25, 2012
1992 Fleer Excel All-Stars #2 Chipper Jones
After being rated as Baseball-America's forty-ninth best prospect in 1991, Chipper rocketed up to number four in the rankings prior to the 1992 season.
Starting the '92 season at high-A Durham of the Carolina league, Jones' stay with the historic Bulls team was relatively short-lasting only 70 games before a mid-season promotion to AA Greenville. While in Durham, Chipper continued to show remarkable plate discipline for a 20-year old-with 31 walks compared to only 34 strikeouts. After committing a whopping 56 errors at Macon in '91, the young shortstop also showed much improvement in the field as he moved up the ladder-with 14 at Durham and then 18 at Greenville.
While the minor league releases from the early-mid nineties certainly weren't limited in their production runs, they are a rather nice addition to a player or team collection.
I recently ran across this video of Chip from his Durham days. If you scroll to the middle of the page, you will be able to watch the two minute clip. Ah,the wonders of the internet!