Jorge Posada was in his first full season as a pro baseball player, transitioning from infielder to catcher while at Single-A Greensboro in 1992.
Naturally, he had heard about one of the Yankees’ top prospects, Derek Jeter, who had just been picked sixth overall in that year’s draft.
So he was curious what the 18-year-old would look like when he got promoted to Greensboro in August after Jeter played 46 games in the Gulf Coast League.
“He came up those last two weeks in ’92 and everyone was talking about this first-rounder,” Posada said by phone on Monday. “He was very lean and very tall and he had high tops and ankle braces on and I said to myself, ‘Man, that’s our first-rounder?’ ”
That first impression changed quickly.
“Once he started playing, he made a play in the hole, another up the middle and hit a home run,’’ Posada said. “I went quiet after that.”
Their careers took similar paths up the Yankees’ system. Jeter took Posada’s roster spot at Triple-A Columbus in 1994 when Posada broke his ankle and both got to The Bronx for the first time in 1995.
They went on to win four World Series titles together (Posada wasn’t on the 1996…