Rafael Devers had his own growing pains this season (see Benintendi section), after a .504 OPS in April, some might have thought the 19 year old was over his head. He has slowly brought his numbers up this year, .652 OPS in May, and a .738 OPS in June. If his last first two games of July are any indication, he is continuing to improve, falling just a single short of a cycle last night, while showing great patience, taking two walks instead of pushing for the cycle. If he isn’t traded away for a starting pitcher, we should be seeing Devers at Fenway in a couple years.
Joseph Monge has shown that his promotion to Salem on May 26 was the right move for the Red Sox to make in his development. After an .877 OPS in Low-A Salem, Monge slugged an .818 OPS in June as part of a .746 OPS for his season in Salem. He has knocked in nine runs over this last ten contests, which included a seven game hitting streak and a four RBI game. The outfielder hails from Bronx, NY and is a graduate of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico.
Bobby Poyner continues to make his way back from his four run, 55 pitch nightmare of June 12. His two inning appearance this week was an efficient one, finishing his outing in just 25 pitches, allowing one hit. The University of Florida star did not strike out anyone but also issued no walks. For a reliever, a terrible outing can destroy your ERA (as Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross, Jr. saw last night when his season ERA increased by two runs), so his 3.72 ERA over 9.2 Salem inning might seem high, but he was only scored upon in that one bad appearance.
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