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Jeff Ordway won MVP in high school, played single pro season

Jeff Ordway 1990 Spokane Indians card

Oregon's Marshfield High coach Jeff Allen assessed his team's playoff opponent Cottage Grove in May 1984, including Cottage Grove's Jeff Ordway, according to The Coos Bay World.

"They're a good team," Allen told The World. "They have the Most Valuable Player in the league (Ordway) at shortstop."

Ordway went on from being his high school league's MVP to college and to the pros. His pro career, however, proved brief. He played just a single season.

Ordway's pro career began and ended in 1990, taken by the Padres in the 52nd round of the draft out of Oregon Tech.

At Cottage Grove, Ordway singled and stole a base in an early May 1984 game, before winning that MVP award. 

After Oregon Tech, Ordway landed with the Padres as a late-round pick. The Padres then assigned him to short-season Spokane

He picked up a hit-and-run single in a late-June game. He then picked up a rally-starting single in an August contest.

Overall, Ordway saw 39 games with Spokane. He hit .218, with three doubles and a triple. That season proved his only one as a pro.

Jeff Ordway 1990 Spokane Indians card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,054
Made the Majors:1,346-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,708-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:548
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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