Jeter Downs Worcester Red Sox Shortstop-Second Base

Age: 22
Born: July 27, 1998
Birthplace: San Andres, Colombia
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: CB-A  round, 2017 by CIN
How Acquired: Acquired from LAD with Alex Verdugo and Connor Wong for Mookie Betts, David Price, and cash considerations (Feb. 2020)
College: (Miami commit)
High School: Edward Pace (FL)
ETA: Late 2021

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: June 23, 2017 (CIN)
Signing Scout: Hector Otero
Signing Bonus: $1,822,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
Pro Debut: June 29, 2017 (Billings)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: @jeter2downs
Instagram: @jeter2downs

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  Physical Description: Athletic, twitchy. Minimal projection remaining in frame. Has gotten stronger since signing. Thick lower half.

Hit: Patient, polished hitter with advanced bat control. Simple swing. Has strong feel for hit and has refined his swing to allow him to tap into more power and hit the ball in the air to the pull side. Will use all fields. Has shown solid contact skills. Can get pull-happy and struggles with velocity up in the zone. Potential above-average hit tool.

Power: Swing changes have allowed him to tap into his raw power even though he does not have a prototypical power hitter's frame. Puts the ball in the air often and has shown the most power to the pull side. Will hit his share of home runs, but could add a substantial number of doubles. Potential for above-average power.

Run: Average speed, but has shown strong instincts and could steal a handful of bases in the major leagues. Speed could decrease as he matures and end up more fringe-average.

Field: Moves well and has shown soft hands. Projects best long-term at second base. Potential above-average defender.
  Arm: Average arm. Arm is a little light for shortstop full-time, but strong enough to play there on occasion. Projects better at second base.

Career Notes: Younger brother of Red Sox 2015 draft pick Jerry Downs. Named after Derek Jeter. Born in Colombia but grew up in Florida. Drafted by the Reds, was dealt in December 2018 to the Dodgers in a package for Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood. Played at the Alternate Training Site in 2020, working with a primary focus on his defense with coach Bruce Crabbe. Opened 2021 at the Alternate Training Site.

Summation: Potential solid regular with the ceiling of an impact everyday player/occasional all-star. Bat-first profile with the potential to hit in the .280 range with 20+ home runs at his peak. Defensively, profiles best at second base, but could also play short, third, and even the outfield. Lacks a standout carrying tool, but will show average-to-better in all five tools. Speed is his weakest tool, but has shown instincts to make up for it. Sum-of-all-parts type of player with a promising future.

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    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2017 Billings Mustangs Pio Rk Cin 18 50 172 31 46 3 3 6 29 73 27 32 8 5 0.267 0.370 0.424 0.794
  2018 Daytona Dragons Midw A Cin 19 120 455 63 117 23 2 13 47 183 52 103 37 10 0.257 0.351 0.402 0.753
  2019 RC Quakes Cal A+ LAD 20 107 412 78 111 33 4 19 75 209 54 97 23 8 0.269 0.354 0.507 0.861
  2019 Tulsa Drillers Tex AA LAD 20 12 48 14 16 2 0 5 11 33 6 10 1 0 0.333 0.429 0.688 1.117
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 Worcester TNE AAA Bos 22     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  California League All-Star (2019)
California League Season-End All-Star (2019)
  2020 Pre-Season All-Star
2021 Pre-Season All-Star

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