Things Looking Up For Jerez

LOWELL, MA - Williams Jerez is a kid in the Red Sox system that everyone is keeping an eye on and for good reason. Jerez is only 20 years of age and has the build and talent to develop into a big star. When you look at him you get the impression that this kid is an athlete with great potential. The Red Sox got that same impression and drafted him in the second round of the 2011 draft.

"That first day everyone was saying I was going to be in the first round," Jerez recounted draft day a year ago. "I was waiting for the first day and then nobody took me.

"On that day I was a little bit sad because I was thinking nobody was going to pick me. The next day in my last period class, my friend texted me and said the Boston Red Sox had picked me in the second round."

Williams Jerez, from the Dominican Republic, is now in his first season with the Sox short season A affiliate the Lowell Spinners. Draft day is still one of his favorite moments and he said it was awesome for him and his family because he wants to help them as much as he can.

"When my friend told me I was drafted, I was just very happy. It was a good happening for me because that day I knew the Boston Red Sox were interested in me.

"They wanted me to play for them and that was very good for me," Jerez said. "My father called me and told me congratulations and I was feeling very good."

Jerez is a player with all of the tools, but the process for the Red Sox is sharpening those tools and getting him as much experience as possible. With his tall frame, he swings a quick bat and a smooth one, which Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe says produces good at-bats.

"He's a contact guy," Crabbe said. "When he puts the ball in play he has a chance. He's putting the ball in play right now and finding some spots.

"He's beat out a couple hits, had some infield hits, snuck some through the middle and that's his game. If he can continue to do that, time will tell on how far he goes."

Experience is the key word for Jerez. He wasn't greatly challenged at the high school level, but the Red Sox believe with time and repetition his skills will one day blossom into top Major League quality.

"He's very young and inexperienced at the game in just about every aspect," Crabbe added. "He's in a good spot where he's going to play every day, get his at-bats, get his reps, learn how to work, he's going to get good teaching and we'll see where it goes from there."

Williams played in the Gulf Coast League a year ago where he hit .248 in 32 games. He's off to a hot start this season with Lowell hitting at .333 and thinks that last year's experience will help him tremendously with the Spinners.

"Last year was a little difficult for me because that was my first year playing pro ball," Jerez said. "I didn't know that much about the system that they have, but this year I know a lot more than I did last. I learned how to demonstrate myself in the field and that was a good experience I had down there in Fort Meyers."

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Jerez said two of his favorite players come from his homeland. He looks up to Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and said he also likes Carlos Beltran; he's an outfielder with a good arm and strong speed.

Spinners hitting coach Nelson Paulino says that Williams and the entire team just need to focus every day and take it one step at a time.

"The team right now is playing good," Paulino said. "Williams needs to focus on his routine and hitting situations. We're working on every day concentration and hitting routine. He works hard."

Jerez is a quiet guy in the clubhouse Manager Crabbe said but he works hard. Crabbe added that he has gotten by on his ability in the past and those abilities are great, but at this level the task is to refine those abilities. Jerez said that he thinks his team is going to win it all this year and he looks forward to a big season.

"I think we're going to get the championship. Everyone here is working hard and we have good energy. This season I want to show everybody what I can do," Jerez said.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"That first day everyone was saying I was going to be in the first round,\" Jerez recounted draft day a year ago. \"I was waiting for the first day and then nobody took me.
\r\n
\r\n\"On that day I was a little bit sad because I was thinking nobody was going to pick me. The next day in my last period class, my friend texted me and said the Boston Red Sox had picked me in the second round.\"
\r\n
\r\nWilliams Jerez, from the Dominican Republic, is now in his first season with the Sox short season A affiliate the Lowell Spinners. Draft day is still one of his favorite moments and he said it was awesome for him and his family because he wants to help them as much as he can.
\r\n
\r\n\"When my friend told me I was drafted, I was just very happy. It was a good happening for me because that day I knew the Boston Red Sox were interested in me.
\r\n
\r\n\"They wanted me to play for them and that was very good for me,\" Jerez said. \"My father called me and told me congratulations and I was feeling very good.\"
\r\n
\r\nJerez is a player with all of the tools, but the process for the Red Sox is sharpening those tools and getting him as much experience as possible. With his tall frame, he swings a quick bat and a smooth one, which Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe says produces good at-bats.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a contact guy,\" Crabbe said. \"When he puts the ball in play he has a chance. He's putting the ball in play right now and finding some spots.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's beat out a couple hits, had some infield hits, snuck some through the middle and that's his game. If he can continue to do that, time will tell on how far he goes.\"
\r\n
\r\nExperience is the key word for Jerez. He wasn't greatly challenged at the high school level, but the Red Sox believe with time and repetition his skills will one day blossom into top Major League quality.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's very young and inexperienced at the game in just about every aspect,\" Crabbe added. \"He's in a good spot where he's going to play every day, get his at-bats, get his reps, learn how to work, he's going to get good teaching and we'll see where it goes from there.\"
\r\n
\r\nWilliams played in the Gulf Coast League a year ago where he hit .248 in 32 games. He's off to a hot start this season with Lowell hitting at .333 and thinks that last year's experience will help him tremendously with the Spinners.
\r\n
\r\n\"Last year was a little difficult for me because that was my first year playing pro ball,\" Jerez said. \"I didn't know that much about the system that they have, but this year I know a lot more than I did last. I learned how to demonstrate myself in the field and that was a good experience I had down there in Fort Meyers.\"
\r\n
\r\nGrowing up in the Dominican Republic, Jerez said two of his favorite players come from his homeland. He looks up to Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and said he also likes Carlos Beltran; he's an outfielder with a good arm and strong speed.
\r\n
\r\nSpinners hitting coach Nelson Paulino says that Williams and the entire team just need to focus every day and take it one step at a time.
\r\n
\r\n\"The team right now is playing good,\" Paulino said. \"Williams needs to focus on his routine and hitting situations. We're working on every day concentration and hitting routine. He works hard.\"
\r\n
\r\nJerez is a quiet guy in the clubhouse Manager Crabbe said but he works hard. Crabbe added that he has gotten by on his ability in the past and those abilities are great, but at this level the task is to refine those abilities. Jerez said that he thinks his team is going to win it all this year and he looks forward to a big season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think we're going to get the championship. Everyone here is working hard and we have good energy. This season I want to show everybody what I can do,\" Jerez said.
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