Not too many rookies get the attention that Gregg Jeffries received prior to and during his rookie year. Jeffries was noted as being one of the top players of his draft class, and playing for the New York Mets certainly added quite a bit more attention and pressure.
Jeffries was drafted by the Mets in 1985 and quickly became a star as he won the Minor League Player of the Year awards in both 1986 and 1987. His ability to hit for average, power, and his speed stood out amongst his teammates and opponents and Gregg rapidly advanced through the Mets farm system.
Although Jeffries played in only a handful of games during the 1988 season with the Mets, the team and fans were thrilled with his talents. He became a full time player in 1989 and quickly wiped those great feelings away as he was never able to meet the expectations put on him. After 3 full seasons with the Mets, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1991. Things didn’t work out too well for Jeffries in Kansas City either and he soon found himself playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed the 2 most productive seasons of his career with the Cardinals earning 2 All-Star appearances with the team. Soon after, injuries and decline took over as Gregg played for 3 more teams in 5 seasons and finally retired with the Detroit Tigers in 2000.
Gregg Jeffries ended his career with a respectable batting average of .289 while hitting 126 home runs. Unfortunately for him, he never lived up to the hype he had as a phenom with the New York Mets.
Today Gregg lives with his wife and is not involved with baseball.