Jeter Downs exhibits Derek Jeter-like defensive wizardry in efforts to win over Yankees

Yankees' Jeter Downs shows Derek Jeter-like defense against the Tigers on March 3, 2024.

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There was a moment of defensive brilliance and a touch of nostalgia on Sunday at spring training. Yankees shortstop Jeter Downs, a non-roster invitee, displayed his fielding prowess by snagging a ground ball hit deep into the hole by Detroit’s Gio Urshela. He then fired a strong throw to first base for the out in the fourth inning.

Adding a layer of intrigue to the play, Jeter Downs shares his first name with Yankees legend Derek Jeter, the team’s former captain. While he fights for a roster spot, his defensive play provided a glimpse of his talent and perhaps a subtle nod to the Yankees’ past.

Boone exclaimed with enthusiasm, remarking, “That play really caught my eye. It was quite impressive.”

Jeter Downs fights to win a place in Yankees camp

Jeter Down was put on waivers

Jeter Downs, a former top Red Sox prospect included in the deal that brought Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, is trying to reignite his career. He was designated for assignment by Boston after the 2022 season and then claimed by the Washington Nationals. Unfortunately, his time in Washington was brief, as he was again designated for assignment this past December. Now, he’s hoping to find a permanent home with the Yankees on a non-roster invitation.

Jeter Downs, a former top prospect who was part of the blockbuster trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, finds himself in familiar territory this spring training – vying for a roster spot. Drafted by the Red Sox, Downs was included in the package that landed them the superstar outfielder.

The Yankees, perhaps intrigued by his potential, took a chance on Jeter Downs, adding him to their 40-man roster. However, they needed to clear a spot for another player and designated Downs for assignment a month later. Fortunately for Jeter Downs, he cleared waivers and remained within the Yankees organization.

Now, with a non-roster invitation to spring training, Jeter Downs has an opportunity to showcase his skills and potentially earn a spot on the Yankees’ active roster. His impressive defensive plays can’t help but sting a bit for Red Sox fans, left wondering what could have been.

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