Jerry Downs (minors02)

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Jerry Darren Downs Mitchell

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 215 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jerry Downs has played in the minors and for the Colombian national team. He is the brother of Jeter Downs. [1] His father had been a pitcher in Colombia, then the family moved to the US. [2]

Downs hit .349 with 56 RBI as a college junior and his team finished second in the 2015 NAIA College World Series. [3] The Boston Red Sox took him in the 15th round of the 2015 amateur draft, one round after Bobby Poyner; he was the first NAIA position player taken that year. [4] The scout was Willie Romay. [5] He hit .275/.399/.382 in 42 games that summer for the GCL Red Sox and was 1 for 4 for the Greenville Drive.

With the 2016 Lowell Spinners, he produced at a .261/.350/.414 clip. He split '17 between the GCL Red Sox (.188/.349/.281 in 11 G) and the Drive (.274/.368/.444 in 34 G). In 2018, he batted .233/.330/.391 for the Salem Red Sox, fielding .994 at first and going deep 15 times. He was 8th in the Carolina League in home runs and tied Luke Tendler for 5th in the BoSox chain. He split 2019 between Salem (.143/.224/.195 in 23 G) and the Portland Sea Dogs (.177/.270/.275 in 55 G) as his home run total plummeted to two.

He made Colombia's team for the Americas Olympic Qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, alongside his brother. Hitting 5th and playing first in the opener, he was 0 for 3 against Andrew Albers and Brendan McGuigan of Canada; his teammates fared no better as the squad was no-hit. He also made two errors. The next game, he was at DH while Mauricio Ramos played first; he was 1 for 2, singling off Venezuela's Andrés Sotillet before being lifted for pinch-runner Jesus Marriaga. Their last game, he pinch-hit for Brayan Buelvas and stayed in the game at first and doubled off Frank Abel Alvarez to drive in Carlos Martinez his last time up to finish the event at .286/.375/.429 while fielding .800. [6]

Out of the Red Sox chain, he hit .300/.408/.564 with 22 homers and 81 RBI in 91 games for the High Point Rockers. He tied Josh Adams for 9th in the Atlantic League in home runs and tied Nellie Rodriguez for 9th in RBI. He fielded .993 at first and was named to the league's All-Defensive team. Rodriguez beat him out for the All-Star nod at 1B. [7]