23-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Jerez, a converted outfielder, earned himself placement on the 40-man roster after he turned in a successful season in 2015, his first full year as a reliever. He thrived at the lower levels (Low-A Gr...
Jerez allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two in 2.2 innings for Double-A Portland on Saturday.
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsBarnes, Matt (P)
AAAtkins, Mitch (P)
A+Ball, Trey (P)
ABasabe, Luis Alexander (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Jerez, a second-round pick out high school in the 2011 draft, suffered a hand injury in 2012 that ate into his development time. At present, he's a center-fielder with good instincts defensively, but his 6-4 frame could fill out in the coming years. The reduced playing time in 2012 hurt him offensively, where Jerez is below average in terms of pitch recognition and plate approach. If he's placed at Low-A Greenville, there may be some struggles initially. He'll be challenged as a hitter, but it will be a chance for him to adjust to better competition.
The Red Sox feel Jerez has five-tool potential, but at 19, he's very raw and needs to polish his skills. Things have come easy for Jerez, but he'll be dealing with an advanced level of competition and he needs to work on his swing and ability to hit secondary offerings. Jerez will start his career with Boston in center field, but he there's potential for his body to grow and he may find a home at a corner outfield spot. The Red Sox feel his defense is good enough to translate from center. If he can develop his swing in spring training, he could open the year at Low-A Greenville. Otherwise, he'll hang back in extended spring training and head to Short-Season Lowell in June.