In the spring, Duke’s Jordan Betts was drafted in the 18th round as the 554th overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Going that late in the draft often discourages players, but it hasn’t discouraged Betts. He’s currently playing with the Lowell Spinners—Boston’s Class-A affiliate. Due to his drive and talent on the diamond, he earned a roster spot on the New York Penn League All-Star Game.
Betts was a late addition, added as a reserve for the All-Star game that was held back on August 19. He had one plate appearance on the night, for the North and connected for a hit. The North and the South teams tied the game, with a score of 1-1.
Betts has made a large impact on his club. In his first game as a professional, he went yard. Since then, he’s hit seven more home runs, half of those long balls coming against left handed pitchers. He’s ranked fifth in the New York Penn League in homeruns (8), slugging percentage (.500) and on base percentage (.839).
He leads the Spinners in the home run category and has batted .356 against lefties. Overall, he’s hitting .275 with 12 doubles, two triples and 30 RBI.
Last night he suited up, going 1-3 against Connecticut and reached twice by base on balls. In the two game series against Connecticut, Betts went 4-7 with one RBI and reached first on three walks.
Next up for the Spinners is an away game at Aberdeen on Friday, Aug. 22. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.