Red Sox: 3rd base a nightmare for Boston – insert Rafael Devers AA slugging star

Boston Red Sox 3rd baseman prospect Rafael Devers is crushing AA ball in the month of May with four home runs and nine RBI’s in five games

While the Red Sox have had nightmare after nightmare at 3rd base in 2017 the future does look bright. The Sox have first lost Pablo Sandoval with no known timetable for his return, Marco Hernandez left a game early with a shoulder injury a few days ago leaving Josh Rutledge to man the hot corner. Are any of them the solution? I don’t think so. Sandoval is in year three of the five in the Panda Project which has been nothing but ugly. He’s committed four errors in 16 games and Marco Hernandez has fallen apart committing five errors in 9 games at third.

The Sox have been one of the worst fielding teams in baseball committing 26 errors in 29 games, almost a one error per game average. That’s awful. When you think about runs that could have been saved you think about those plays. The Twins have committed just eight errors all season. Yes, that means that Panda and Hernandez have committed more errors on their plays at 3rd base than the Twins have in 27 games. Remember we balked at signing Adrian Beltre when he wanted a contract extension.

Kevin Youkilis was here, Will Middlebrooks busted, and they opted to send Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg. Was it a complete mistake? We’ll say yes and no. Shaw has really flourished in his new Milwaukee home getting to start full time. So the Sox have got to have something cooking right? Insert Rafael Devers.

Devers is a 20 year old power hitting 3rd baseman who might get the nickname Mr. May if he can continue on his torrid pace. He’s got four home runs and nine RBI’s in just 5 games this month. He’s leading the team with six home runs and 16 RBI’s through 21 games. Devers hit a mammoth grand slam to center field today as well. Should he be brought up now? The answer is no. There is no point to rushing Devers right now. The Sox still have to deal with the Hanley Ramirez and Panda contract mega contracts for through 2018 and 2019 for Panda.

If Devers plays well for Pawtucket in 2018, I’d expect him get a call up to Boston later in the season. Assuming all goes well, there should be no question that come 2019, Devers would be the Sox every day 3rd baseman at the age of 22. It could happen and by 2019, the Sox shed themselves of Hanley’s contract big contract he signed pre-Boston. For now, Devers will hope to continue crushing AA ball in the month of May and beyond.

 

Photo Credit – Chris Teeter

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