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

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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. 

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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.”



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