NEW YORK — Gregg Jefferies, named on Monday as the minor league baseball player of the year for the second straight season, is keeping a major league schedule these days.
"I'm running and swimming in the pool, about 40 laps a day. I take grounders at my junior high school, then at my high school, then at home," Jeffries said.
"I lift weights, and I swing a 40-ounce bat in the pool. Then I go to my old high school and hit off a big boxing bag, just to strengthen my whole swing, my whole body and everything. That all takes me from 9 in the morning to 5 at night.
"I don't do it Sunday. That's my day off."
Jefferies, 20, finished his third professional season in the New York Mets' minor league system in 1987.
With Class AA Jackson of the Texas League, Jefferies hit .367 with 187 hits, 20 homers, 101 runs-batted in and 26 stolen bases in 134 games. He came up to the Mets late in the season and had three hits and two RBI in six at-bats, all as a pinch hitter.