Red Sox Snag Shortstop named after Derek Jeter in the Mookie Betts trade


The Red Sox now have their own jet.

As part of Sunday's revamped blockbuster Mookie Betts Trade, Boston purchased a shortstop from Dodgers' top prospectus Jeter Downs, named after the Hall of Famer and Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

Downs, 21, was born 20 days after Jeter's first of 14 all-star games in Columbia in 1998.

"It's a bit crazy how it all worked out," Jeter told the Dayton Daily News in 2018 about his connection to Derek Jeter. [Derek Jeter] I just started his career when I was born and wasn't that special yet. But my mother fell in love with everything about him and in the end he fell in love with this huge thing. "

His mother Lucila told the shop: “It was when I started watching the Yankees and I admired Derek Jeter the boy. I liked how he played baseball with that love and how he huddled. I loved the name … and those pretty eyes. And then it came to me. " ranked Downs the fifth best Dodgers prospect last season and is considered one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball.

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Red Sox fans waiting for Downs to torture the Yankees, as Jeter has done with their own team for 20 seasons, are likely to have to wait a while.

The native of Miami, who originally faced the Reds in the late first round in 2017, ended last season in Double-A, where he completed five home races and had 11 RBIs while playing .333 / .429 / in 12 games. 688 met.

According to, Downs, whose social media handles Jeters “2”, is a strong batsman, but defensive on average.

In 107 games in High-A, Downs scored 19 home runs and collected 75 RBIs as well as .269 / .354 / .507. He also played a second base.

In addition to Downs, the Dodgers also send Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo in exchange for Betts and pitcher David Price.

The trade initially involved the twins to get the money up and running, but the Red Sox were eventually put off by the pitcher Brusdar Graterol's medical records. The Twins and Dodgers made a deal with Graterol on Sunday.