Jeter Downs
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Los Angeles Dodgers A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A middle infielder who makes the most of his 55-grade speed thanks to his high baseball IQ, Downs has a pretty high floor and counting stat upside that should excite dynasty-league owners in this speed-starved environment. He notched a 118 wRC+ in the Midwest League -- the best mark in the league among middle infielders under 20 years old. Downs has a good handle of the strike zone (103:52 K:BB in 524 PA) and developing power. Some evaluators believe he will develop a plus hit tool, but the jury is still out on that aspect of his game. He is a career .260 hitter and slashed just .242/.328/.392 in 355 at-bats against right-handed pitching last year. If he mashes lefties but is mediocre against same-handed pitching, it will be difficult for him to hit much better than .250 or .260, but there is still time for him to improve that aspect of his game. Evaluators seem split on his ability to stick at shortstop, but he will definitely be able to handle second base. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Reds in June of 2017 that includes a $1.82 million signing bonus. Traded to the Dodgers in December of 2018.
Hot in High-A
SSLos Angeles Dodgers  A+
May 16, 2019
Downs went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs and four RBI for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.
Downs is swinging a hot bat for the Quakes, as he's now hitting .364 with a 1.119 OPS over his last 10 games. He's also launched four homers over that time to give him six on the season. The 20-year-old got off to a slow start, slashing .213/.276/.371 in April, but with 14 hits in his last 30 at-bats he has moved his average up to .247, and the recent power surge is an encouraging sign he's adjusting well in the California League.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Reds selected Downs with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2017 draft, giving him a slightly under-slot $1.8225 million bonus. He doesn't have as much upside as their 2016 compensatory pick, Taylor Trammell, but he is still somewhat interesting in dynasty leagues. He ranked first among teenagers in the Pioneer League with a 0.84 BB/K (next closest was 0.71), so his command of the strike zone appears to be very advanced. His power is mostly to the pull side, and he appeared to be trying a little too hard to get to it last year. If he takes what pitchers give him, he should be able to hit for a high average, but it will of course come at the expense of some power. He stole eight bases on 13 tries, and will likely be capped in the 10-to-15 steal range by the time he reaches the majors. The Reds will keep him at shortstop for now, but he is probably a better long-term fit at second base.
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SSLos Angeles Dodgers  A+
December 21, 2018
Downs was traded to the Dodgers along with Josiah Gray and Homer Bailey in exchange for Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and Matt Kemp, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Four hits for Dayton
SSCincinnati Reds  A+
April 13, 2018
Downs tallied a career-high four hits, including a home run Thursday for Low-A Dayton.
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Drafted by Reds with 32nd overall pick
SSCincinnati Reds  A+
June 12, 2017
The Reds have selected Downs with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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