Derek Jeter hit .314/.370/.430 as a Yankees rookie in 1996, earning unanimous selection as American League Rookie of the Year and helping New York reach the playoffs for the second straight year after a 13-year post-season drought.
Elvis Andrus isn’t hitting at that level, but he’s damn near that same player since the All-Star Break (.304/.373/.455), and he’s a year younger than Jeter was in his Rookie of the Year season.
Forget the Edgar Renteria comps that Andrus came to the big leagues with. Maybe that’s the player Andrus will turn into between the lines (though certainly not intangibly). Maybe it’s not.
But I know this: If Andrus were a New York Yankee, every national baseball voice – 100 percent of them – would be calling him the next Jeter.
And he might be.
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(c) Jamey Newberg