In his twelve games played in southwest Florida, Loya is batting .425 with seven RBIs with a .925 OPS in the early going.
The road hasn't always been so smooth this season. After celebrating his 20th birthday on June 15, Loya knew he wouldn't be starting the summer season with the Red Sox three days later.
"I was hurt coming out of Extended [Spring Training]," the Mexican native said, "so I wasn't able to play opening week of the [GCL] season. Now I feel comfortable and happy that I'm healthy to play and help the team win ball games."
"He was banged up coming out of Extended [Spring Training] so he's just getting back into it," Red Sox hitting coach Noah Hall added. "Usually it's the other way around, you're usually not this hot after that time, but he's unusual."
In just his second 2012 start facing the GCL Orioles on June 28, Loya hit 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and a stolen base. The results are only beginning. Loya hit for an astounding .667 in nine June at-bats, and is sitting comfortably over .400 against both right-and left-handed hurlers.
The strain of rehab and recovery has been eased by the new facilities available to players in Fort Myers. Just as big league names like Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury have nursed their ailments at the new Boston Red Sox Spring Training home, rookie league players like Loya are reaping the benefits as well.
"You come in here and you've got so many things treatment-wise," GCL manager George Lombard said. "We've got the full hydro-jet pool where you can run, you can swim, the hot tub and cold tub that all make things a lot easier. You can get 10 guys down in there and get guys in and out."
Lombard also stressed, "The only way you can play this game is [by] being healthy, so if we have better treatment facilities, better weight rooms, stuff like that it's gonna help out."
As Jesus Loya
cracks a smile in the outfield on a typical afternoon, he realizes how far he has come at the plate since his May 2010 Dominican Summer League debut for the Red Sox organization.
Loya led the DSL Red Sox in triples in 2010, while finishing second in games played, at-bats, hits and stolen bases.
Making the jump from the Dominican Republic to Florida, he was also the leader in at-bats (191) and runs scored (25) for the GCL Red Sox in 48 games during the 2011 season.
"The experience that I had last year, the at-bats that I had, allowed me to improve in all aspects of the game," Loya noted. "The experience that I got and the consistency in my approach have allowed me to continue to do the things that I'm doing right now."
"Jesus is one of those guys with just a really basic approach where he's not trying to do too much," Hall said. "He's real short to the ball and has consistency in his stroke. It puts him in a good position to hit.
"He's just got a smooth path in his swing that affords him consistency. I keep going back to that, but it's just simple fundamentals that bring success," the hitting coach pointed out. "That basic quick hands to the ball allows him to hit for a high average consistently."
Loya sees his early success as a product of him trusting what he is doing with the Fort Myers staff day after day, saying, "The help and difference has been the coaches and the consistency of the coaches telling me and helping me along the way.
"I'm trusting the coaches and the approach that I take every day and taking that into the games."
"He's been keeping the same, good approach and is really mentally stable at the plate," hitting coach Hall stressed. "Nothing fazes him, which is a huge thing at this level. He stays grounded and just wants to hit the ball hard.
"With consistency and reps and more at-bats, the power will come. He's hitting the baseball hard and our philosophy here is that the home runs will come."
Swinging a threatening left-handed bat at the plate, Loya claimed, "I just need to trust what I'm doing day-in and day-out."
"The improvements I've made are more from the mental side of the game. I'm not trying to do too much and not letting one at-bat affect my other work. The less I think, the better."
"I'm playing winter ball [Mexican Players League]," the outfielder said, "and I'm playing with a lot of older players there. That's allowed me to get better. The consistency of doing things over there has just carried over here."
Red Sox hitting coach Noah Hall has noticed Loya's gain in confidence and skill. "In a game last week, he went the other way, not with power, but with just a good piece of hitting. He can do it all and does it over and over again every day.
"In the cages or in the [batter's] box, he's getting the job done."
Although there are no paying customers in the seats at JetBlue Park, Jesus Loya is sure putting on a show. He's the guy dishing out playful shoves to his teammates before each defensive inning and the one attempting headstands during rain delays.
"I was eight years old and my father used to take me to the field," he said. "That's when I first started liking the game, and now here I am."
Here he is working towards defending that historic wall in Boston someday soon.
FORT MYERS, FL – In the shadows cast by the most iconic wall in sports, some of the greatest baseball players have run down their legacies. But at just the age of 20, outfielder Jesus Loya steps between the chalked lines at JetBlue Park. He joins his teammates guarding the country's second Green Monster at the Fenway South complex.
Jesus Loya has battled nagging injuries this year but when he's on the field he's doing it all.