Jeffrey Hammonds, the fourth overall pick in the 1992 draft who went on to play 13 years in the majors, was named to the newly created role of special assistant of player program development at the Major League Baseball Players Association.
In the role, Hammonds, 42, will work on programs such as the Players Trust, through which major leaguers contribute time and money to call attention to issues such as needy families, disaster relief and baseball clinics for inner-city kids.
In January, Hammonds took part in the 22nd annual Rookie Career Development Program, a joint effort by Major League Baseball and the MLBPA to prepare players for major league life.
Hammonds was one of three formers players who spoke to minor leaguers about the transition from the relative anonymity of the minor leagues to the spotlight of life in the major leagues.
The Orioles selected Hammonds in 1992 out of Stanford. He helped lead the Cardinal to the College World Series in 1990 and ’92, and was an All-American twice.
He was considered the possible top pick, but issues about signability (he reportedly was seeking $1.8 million), dropped him to No. 4, behind Phil Nevin (Astros), Paul Shuey (Indians) and B. J. Wallace (Expos).
After Hammonds became a pro, he was ranked as high as the No. 3 prospect overall after the 1993 season, but never achieved what was forecast for him, largely due to injuries.
His best season came in 2000 with the Rockies, when he hit .335/.395/.529 for his only all-star appearance.
In addition to the Orioles and Rockies, he also played for the Brewers, Reds, Giants and Nationals before retiring in 2005.