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Red Sox prospect spotlight: Rafael Devers

The Red Sox have one of the best farm systems in baseball, but if there’s one gripe in the organization, it’s the lack of impact talent. The system is stacked with players that could and should develop into solid, above-average MLB regulars, but it has few players that could truly become stars. One exception to that rule, however, is Rafael Devers.

Signed out of the Dominican Republic last summer, Devers was one of the most highly-touted international prospects on the board. Devers is still very young– he won’t even turn 18 until October– but it’s easy to argue that he has the highest upside of any player in the Red Sox’ organization with the exception of Xander Bogaerts.

Devers is a natural third baseman, but if he adds too much mass he may have to move to either first base or left field. If his bats lives up to expectations, however, that move won’t be a problem for Devers. Not only does he have excellent bat speed and the potential to have well above-average hit and power tools, but he also has a plate approach well beyond his years.

Despite being signed around a year ago, Devers is just now getting his first exposure in the professional ranks and to say things have been going well would be a vast understatement. Devers is currently strutting his stuff in the Dominican Summer League and has obliterated the competition in his first 52 plate appearances of the season. He has slashed an incredible .442/.537/.814 with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs in just 11 games. Obviously that line is unsustainable, but Devers likely won’t get a chance to sustain it anyhow as he is likely to be promoted to the Gulf Coast League very soon.

Devers is still raw and will probably move fairly slowly through the Red Sox’ system. However, good things come to those who wait and Devers could be a prime example of that. Devers isn’t on the verge of acquiring national attention just yet, but before too long, we could certainly see his name popping up pretty high on prospect lists (SoxProspects already ranks him the #11 prospect in the Red Sox’ system). If all goes well, you can be bragging to your friends that you had heard of Devers before he even started playing baseball in America!

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  • John Finn Jr

    Haven’t I read this article before ? I think it was written by somebody else too. That’s how professional writers get fired. Still, I will say it again. The man has less than 50 at bats to his whole professional career. He has proven nothing. According to his ptential lies between all star and bench player. In other words, they do not now how he will do as they have not seen him play enough. I will also say that most of the hailed heroes in AAA never succeed in the majors. Larse Anderson was supposed to be the next triple crown winner. Then there is Bubba Bell, and Ryan Lavarnway. Then you have all those “Catchers of the future” that were supposed to replace Varitek. Shoppach was one of them; Exposito was the big name. Who ? Exactly ! There was a third baseman named Pinkney who was supposed to be playing in all star games by by now, then you have our number one pick Vitek who just retired after having totally failed in professional ball. They said better things about him than they did about Devers. They also ranked Vitek in the top ten when he was drafted. And don’t forget Argenis Diaz the SS of the future. What they said about him was the exact thing they said about Eglesias. Alas, Ryan Kalish and Ryan Westmoreland will not make it either. I make it a rule to not run on hype, but to look at a sample of how they play. A good sized sample, and not less than 50 at bats. Myf avorite in Sox history is Ted Cox, the man who was going to bat cleanup and force Jim Rice to bat 5th. He was supposed to be the next Babe Ruth, and was going to replace the sore armed Butch Hobson at third base. I had seen Cox play in Pawtucket and when they proclaimed him the next Babe Ruth. “Ted Cox, the human leach ? The man who sucks life out of a baseball team ?” thought I. They kept hailing him and in 5 years Cox had less homeruns than Rice did in his first season. He spent time with 4 teams in those five years and has a career batting average in the Mendoza area, “The next Babe Ruth !” LOL