The Boston Red Sox farm system was partially gutted by Dave Dombrowski’s off season signings – one important player remains
Minor League Baseball welcomed it’s newest star when Rafael Devers got called up from AA Portland to AAA Pawtucket. Devers was tearing the cover off the ball in AA slashing .300/18/56 in 77 games played. He also committed 12 errors while playing at the corner spanning 64 games. Still, the power numbers are undeniable. In his first game in Pawtucket, Devers went 4/4 with a home run and committed an error.
It was a solid showing for the young 20 year old and Red Sox fans have to be excited. One glaring hole the team has is at 3rd base which wouldn’t have been the case if they had not traded Travis Shaw and three other prospects for Tyler Thornburg, a reliever who had Tommy John surgery ending his season. This could have been the year that the Red Sox had waited for Devers to come up and had Shaw play 3rd base.
Devers currently through four games has seven hits in 15 at bats, good enough for a .467 batting average. He’s also had one home run and has knocked in two runs, four runs scored, two walks, and has committed one error. His numbers have been sound averaging almost two hits a game. While his batting average will definitely come back to earth, his power is legit.
If the Red Sox can get a little bit more production from their current players, then adding the extra bat won’t be a necessity. Our pitchers need to be able to get quality starts and then the bullpen can hopefully finish off the rest before the 9th inning gets taken care of by the best closer in baseball.
Looking back to the trade, Shaw could have theoretically moved to another position to better accommodate the team. Maybe then, if necessary they could have flipped Shaw for a greater return. Perhaps bringing in a starting pitcher of value. The trade was done at a poor time and it was done with a general manager who traded what’s looking more and more like damaged goods.
There are still rumors of the Red Sox considering Todd Frazier, a power bat when he actually hits the ball, but now, the Orioles have called the Sox about a potential trade for Manny Machado. That’s one of the few players along with Jose Bautista, that I personally hope never wear a Red Sox uniform. Many fans of baseball feel that those two players play the game with no class.
Less than two weeks remain before the non waiver trade deadline happens on July 31st. Will the Red Sox make a move? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, fans won’t be happy if Sox GM Dave Dombrowski trades one of the future prospects for someone who ends up turning out to be a short term rental.
The Red Sox still have tonight and two additional games against the Blue Jays to finish up their home stand before heading out west for six games. The first three against the Angels and the next three against the Mariners.
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