With the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 draft Monday night, the Cincinnati Reds selected a shortstop named Jeter Downs. I know what you’re thinking and, yes, he was named after that Jeter.
Born in July of, quite possibly, the greatest Yankees’ season in history (1998), Downs has committed to play ball for his hometown University of Miami Hurricanes. However, with rapidly rising stock, he could forgo college to pursue his pro career. MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the 37th overall prospect in the draft.
Back in 1992, the Reds drafted Chad Mottola (who?) with the 5th overall pick. One pick later, Downs’ namesake was selected by the Yankees. You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn