When first coming up through the Yankee farm system, Leiter was hailed as the next great arm in pinstripes, the one remaining star left in a minor-league system decimated by foolish trades throughout the 1980s.
Alan Stuart Trammell was born on February 21, 1958, in Garden Grove, California. He grew up a fan of the San Diego Padres. He was drafted by the Tigers in the second round of the June 1976 amateur draft. In 1976 he was named MVP of the Sally League.