Boston Red Sox: Expectations Are High for Top Prospect Jeter Downs


The expectations for Jeter Downs are sky high.  Downs was one of the three players who came over in the blockbuster trade that sent Mookie Betts to Los Angeles. 

Photo courtesy of Over the Monster

Downs is now considered one of the Red Sox’s top prospects.  He’s the Red Sox No. 2 ranked prospect behind Triston Casas. 

The Red Sox know there are high expectations for Downs and hope he will find the consistency needed to become a big league player. 

“There are a lot of expectations that comes with being Jeter Downs here,” WooSox hitting coach Rich Gedman said.  “The guy he got traded for was very special in our organization.”  

The Woo Sox coaching staff knows there’s hype around Downs, however they’ll work to help block the distractions.  Downs is focused on this season and isn’t putting extra pressure on himself. 

“I’m just trying to be me and not think about all the other circumstances,” he said.  “I’m trying to stay within myself and let the game come to me and do what I’ve been doing my entire life.”

Downs, who’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, has a bunch of tools that offers him a high-ceiling.  

“He’s got power.  He’s a really good defender.  He’s potentially the second baseman of the future.  That’s how everybody views him right now.  They’d like him to step into that role and do what Dustin Pedroia did -- start at that position long-term for the Red Sox,” said Christopher Smith of MassLive. 

Downs has been compared to Pedroia because they both were drafted as shortstops and made the transition to second base.  Defensively, Downs has been fine at second base.  He just wants to go out there and perform at a high level. 

I don’t look too much into it,” said Downs.  “I just try to think about going out and playing no matter where they tell me to play.  I feel comfortable at both spots, so it really doesn’t matter to me.  I just want to play and wherever that takes me I’m fine with it.”

Downs will bring sneaky pop and versatility to the Red Sox.  Initially drafted as a shortstop, he will continue to develop at second base.  He will focus on his craft with Worcester which will eventually lead him to Boston. 

“He really works at the hitting craft, and if there’s one thing that I think can play above the projection, it’s definitely that,” said Ian Cundall of SoxProspects. 

“I really like his swing. … The hands are very impressive, and we saw he’s got that natural feel where he’ll use all fields,” Cundall said.  “I think his home run was to right-center field, just a hard line drive.  I think that’s the one tool that could go above, because I like his approach, the strikeout rate I think is going to be very manageable, he’s going to walk at a good clip, and he just seems like he’s kinda a student of the game.  He really works at the hitting craft, and if there’s one thing that I think can play above the projection, it’s definitely that.”

Follow Chris on Twitter @chrishenrique

Check out the Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later, the Syndicate’s podcast dedicated solely to the Boston Red Sox and the rest of Major League Baseball. Follow our Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later on Twitter @RedSoxPod_BSS.

Follow Boston Sports Syndicate on Twitter @BostonSportsSyn, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Boston Sports Syndicate. Join our Facebook page to receive notification of new articles, podcasts, and live podcast broadcasts on Facebook Live.



Bathroom Breaks,3,Bruins,52,Celtics,83,Fantasy Baseball,42,Fantasy Football,43,Fantasy Sports,82,Golf,10,NCAA,27,Off The Rails,39,Patriots,215,Podcast,5,Red Sox,429,SimBull,4,SyndiTakes,8,XFL,8,
Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Red Sox: Expectations Are High for Top Prospect Jeter Downs
Boston Red Sox: Expectations Are High for Top Prospect Jeter Downs
Boston Sports Syndicate
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content