Drafted in the 18th round of this year’s MLB draft, the Boston Red Sox found themselves a bargain in Jordan Betts. The 22-year-old third baseman, who is not related to Red Sox utility man Mookie Betts, had a successful tenure at Duke playing for the Blue Devils. After an impressive summer playing for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League, Betts had a hot 2014 campaign, clipping five home runs while posting an outstanding .404 OBP in 51 games for the Blue Devils. Quickly, Betts signed with Boston and headed to Lowell to make his pro debut.
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So far for the Lowell Spinners, Betts is having a great year. In 19 games for the short-season club, Betts is hitting .307 with a .342 OBP while slugging .600. Of his 23 total hits, 11 have been for extra bases including five home runs already this year. Of those five home runs, three of them came off left-handed pitching. Keep in mind Betts has accumulated just 14 at-bats off southpaws and is 6-for-14 off them.
At this point in his career, Betts has basically already proved that the New York-Penn League is much too easy for him. He already hit as many home runs this year as he did at Duke in almost 1/3 of the games. This is definitely a good sign for the third baseman whose frame and past power success suggest that he has what it takes to become a big time power hitter. Although he is aggressive at the dish, when a player goes deep on a regular basis this is not necessarily a bad thing. The only time when an aggressive approach fails is when a player is not making contact, but in Betts’ experience, he always makes a great deal of contact.
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A promotion to Greenville some time soon would do Betts some good. There really is no point of him playing at such a low level given how well he played in an advanced college division. Betts is the type of guy who could start the 2015 season in high-A Salem, putting him in a great position in the organization. In a full pro season, Betts could definitely hit around 20 home runs, which is impressive at the Minor League level.
The future is bright for Jordan Betts and all he has to do is keep up that power and aggression at the plate.