The Boston Red Sox might have one of the most highly touted 3rd baseman in all of baseball – Rafael Devers is a legit future threat
When we think of rookies that have been given chances to explode in the majors after a small sample size, the most recent name that comes to mind is Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi was a front runner for the American League Rookie of the Year Award before Yankee rookie Aaron Judge wrecked everyone’s numbers slugging 30 home runs before the All Star Break. Rafael Devers offers Sox fans a second chance at the early ROY Award.
Devers boasts both power and defense, something the Sox have truly lacked since Adrian Beltre was there in 2010. The Sox certainly haven’t had it the last couple years with Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner. Never before had I seen such a disgrace playing in the infield for Boston. Just hideous performances day in and day out. You were guaranteed to see at least one ugly play coming from his direction. Thank goodness that’s now over.
Costing your team runs and not hitting the ball effectively and efficiently is a great way to get cut and that’s precisely what the Beantown management did. Happy travels to the Panda. The Sox had eight different players fielding the position this season. Next season looks to be the first of many by the same man. Devers if given the opportunity to play the position for the Red Sox next season, won’t soon let it go. It’ll be his to lose.
Devers play in both AA and AAA has given Red Sox fans hopes that this could be the missing link of the future. You think about a line up with current stars in it right now. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Dustin Pedroia, and Xander Bogaerts along with rookie Benintendi. We haven’t mentioned the likes of Blake Swihart and Sam Travis. Devers could very well be the future face of the team.
In the mean time, we’ll continue to watch as Devers slays AAA pitching. Through six games in Pawtucket, we’ve seen Devers slash .364/2/4 with two multi hit games. He’s also hit a double and scored five runs in those first six games. Simply put, it’s hard to not get excited at the potential ROY candidate for 2018. The only issue so far is the three errors. After some seasoning, I’m sure the numbers and nerves will drop in that department.
Yes, I know, we just started the second half of the 2017 season but it doesn’t hurt to dream does it? Looking at Devers play lately, it doesn’t look like it’ll stay a dream for long. Watch out for Devers coming to a minor league park near you and if you’re sitting in the outfield? Bring your glove, you might catch a souvenir.
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