Can Fenway Park Ignite Jeter Downs?

Jeter Downs was a top-100 prospect and a future cornerstone middle infielder for the Red Sox before the 2021 season. He had missed all of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as did the vast majority of minor leaguers. But he was coming off a 2019 season in which he hit 24 home runs, stole 24 bases, and put up a .888 OPS across High-A and Double-A as a 20-year-old. A performance like that means you’re almost knocking on the door of the bigs. The Sox recognized that when they made him the centerpiece of their controversial Mookie Betts trade with the Dodgers.

Since joining the Red Sox organization, Downs is hitting .187 with 200 strikeouts in 627 plate appearances. The power and speed haven’t gone away (25 HR and 29 SB in that span). But he just hasn’t made consistent contact over the last two seasons in Triple-A.

Although he might not deserve it on merit, Jeter Downs will now get a chance to prove himself on the biggest of stages, as he’s been called up by the big club before their game tonight against the Tigers in Fenway.

Can he Embrace the Bright Lights?

Sometimes, there are players who elevate their game the bigger the stage is. These guys sometimes produce better once they get their shot in the Majors, oddly enough. For example, Jose Ramirez’s career OPS in MLB (.867) is 101 points higher than it was in the minors (.766). Some players figure it out against the top competition. Could Jeter Downs be one of those?

He probably won’t have long to show he belongs, unfortunately. Downs is being called up not because he was dominating in Triple-A, but because he’s on the 40-man roster and the Red Sox had too many pitchers on their roster. They needed to swap a pitcher for a position player, and him being on the 40-man made the transaction much easier. The plan is likely for him to fill in until Kiké Hernández and/or Christian Arroyo comes off the injured list, which could happen at some point this week. So he’s looking at a handful of games, tops.

UNLESS…he rakes.

You have to believe he’ll stay in the Majors if he hits well right out of the gate. The organization should be extra motivated to keep him up, so as to not make the Betts trade look even worse than it already does. Jeter Downs knocking in runs and making plays in the field for the Red Sox gives them a chance to say “See! We knew what we were doing all along!”

But he has to hit. Let’s see if Jeter Downs can recapture the skills that made him one of the best middle infield prospects in baseball.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida. I used to play baseball for a living; I walked a lot and didn't hit enough. Now I write words for a living and drop absolute bombs every Sunday for my men's league team.

The Sopranos is more groundbreaking than it is good.

Join the discussion

  • After study a couple of of the blog posts on your web site now, and I actually like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website checklist and will probably be checking again soon. Pls try my web site as nicely and let me know what you think.

  • Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So good to find someone with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this web site is something that is wanted on the net, somebody with a bit originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

  • Looking at this article, I miss the time when I didn’t wear a mask. baccaratcommunity Hopefully this corona will end soon. My blog is a blog that mainly posts pictures of daily life before Corona and landscapes at that time. If you want to remember that time again, please visit us.

  • There are actually loads of details like that to take into consideration. That could be a great level to carry up. I provide the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you convey up the place the most important factor can be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around issues like that, however I’m sure that your job is clearly identified as a good game. Each boys and girls feel the affect of only a moment?s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  • I’ve learned some new things through your blog post. Yet another thing to I have recognized is that usually, FSBO sellers may reject anyone. Remember, they will prefer to not use your providers. But if you maintain a comfortable, professional partnership, offering help and remaining in contact for about four to five weeks, you will usually be capable of win a discussion. From there, a listing follows. Thanks a lot

  • whoah this blog is great i love reading your posts. Keep up the great work! You know, a lot of people are hunting around for this info, you can aid them greatly.

  • I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays..

  • You could certainly see your expertise within the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  • Hi there, just turned into alert to your weblog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels. I?ll be grateful if you happen to continue this in future. A lot of people will likely be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  • One other issue is when you are in a problem where you don’t have a co-signer then you may actually want to try to wear out all of your money for college options. You will find many awards and other scholarships that will provide you with finances to help you with college expenses. Thanks alot : ) for the post.

  • Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I am experiencing difficulty with ur rss . Don?t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting an identical rss problem? Anybody who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

  • What?s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & help other users like its aided me. Good job.

  • We’re a bunch of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with useful information to work on. You have done an impressive task and our entire community might be grateful to you.

  • Thanks for your useful article. One other problem is that mesothelioma is generally due to the breathing of fibres from asbestos fiber, which is a extremely dangerous material. It really is commonly found among individuals in the engineering industry who definitely have long experience of asbestos. It’s also caused by residing in asbestos insulated buildings for an extended time of time, Family genes plays an important role, and some individuals are more vulnerable towards the risk when compared with others.

  • I would also love to add that if you do not already have got an insurance policy or perhaps you do not form part of any group insurance, you might well take advantage of seeking aid from a health broker. Self-employed or those that have medical conditions commonly seek the help of a health insurance specialist. Thanks for your text.

  • One thing I’ve noticed is there are plenty of fallacies regarding the financial institutions intentions any time talking about foreclosures. One fairy tale in particular is the fact the bank prefers to have your house. The lending company wants your hard earned money, not the house. They want the cash they lent you with interest. Staying away from the bank will undoubtedly draw some sort of foreclosed summary. Thanks for your article.

  • I found your blog web site on google and check a number of of your early posts. Proceed to keep up the superb operate. I simply extra up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking ahead to studying extra from you afterward!?

  • Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your site in internet explorer, would check this? IE still is the market leader and a large portion of people will miss your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  • You can certainly see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

Further reading

Instagram feed @meksdemo

Instagram has returned empty data. Please authorize your Instagram account in the plugin settings .