Here's The Guy The Reds Took With The 32nd Pick In The Draft.

With the 32nd pick in the MLB draft, the Reds have selected Miami area high school shortstop Jeter Downs...



Downs was viewed as a fourth or fifth round talent a year ago and someone who could end up in college. His stock has risen to around the second round now, with some chance he could get into the supplemental round. That would probably be enough to keep him from the Hurricanes, although only Downs and his advisors know for sure.

From USA Today...

Scouts like him because he does a good job of checking all five boxes – he can hit, he has power and speed, and he’s a good defender with a strong arm.

“His parents were prophetic when they named him Jeter and he became a shortstop,” said Jerry Albert, who coaches a rival school, Miami’s Belen Jesuit. “We’ve played against him for the past few years, and he’s terrific.

“He’s the complete package.”

Downs’ father, Jerry Sr., said his wife, Lucila Michelle, came up with the name Jeter back in 1998, which is when the Yankees star was starting to come of age. He became a first-time All-Star that year and won his second World Series.


Monseignor Edward Pace High School has produced its fair share of big league talent, though the bigger names, Alex Fernandez and Gio Gonzalez, have come on the mound. Downs, born on the island of St. Andres and named after Yankees great Derek Jeter, has a chance to be the best position player (and shortstop) to come from the school since Adrian Cardenas was a supplemental first-round pick of the Phillies in 2006.

Downs has had a very good spring in the Miami area to raise his profile quite a bit. He's a solid defensive shortstop with good range and a tick above-average arm. Scouts love the way he swings the bat, consistently barreling up balls, and he has very good power, especially given his size. He should grow into more over-the-fence power and his baserunning acumen will allow him to pick up extra bases when he hits the gaps. While he's just a slightly above-average runner, Downs is very aggressive on the basepaths and likes to steal bases.

Scouts like Downs' aggressive style of play and the self-confidence he displays whenever he's on the field. He definitely had some helium as the spring unfolded, moving him up boards considerably. He's committed to the University of Miami.

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