He was honored with the Minor League Player of the Year Award by Baseball America, The Sporting News, USA Today, and Topps/NAPBL.the Yankees projected Jeter as their starting shortstop.Attending New York Yankees games with his grandparents, Jeter became a passionate fan of the team.In his senior year, he batted .508 and compiled 23 runs batted in (RBI), 21 walks, four home runs, a .637 on-base percentage (OBP), a .831 slugging percentage (SLG), 12 stolen bases (in 12 attempts), and only one strikeout.Jeter was the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career ranked sixth in MLB history in career hits and first among shortstops. The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in the major leagues at age 21 in 1995.
In his first professional game, Jeter failed to get a hit in seven at-bats, going 0-for-7, while striking out five times.
Jeter denied receiving the offer, and did not cross the picket line. Jeter traveled with the team during the 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), though he was not on the active roster. After Fernández batted a disappointing .245 and appeared in only 108 games due to injuries in 1995, newly hired Yankees manager Joe Torre asserted that Jeter would be the starting shortstop for the 1996 season, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, often skeptical of younger players, was not convinced.
Clyde King, a close Steinbrenner advisor, observed Jeter for two days in spring training in 1996, and came away with the impression that Jeter was not yet ready.
With Fernández the starting shortstop, the Yankees assigned Jeter to Class AAA.
During the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, Gene Michael, the Yankees' general manager, offered Jeter the opportunity to work out for the MLB team with replacement players in spring training before the 1995 season.