June 11, 2017

If the question is whether I took the handful of names in play for this spot and made a choice based on the one that reads the best, the answer is, “guilty as charged.” Downs, whose name has crept into first-round conversations thanks to a strong spring, is indeed named after the great Yankees shortstop. He’s got good range, good hands and an above-average arm, though not everybody believes he’ll stick at shortstop. He’s considered to be among the top high school hitters in this class and has impressive power given his listed size (5'11", 180 lb) as well as above-average speed and an aggressiveness that impresses scouts.

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