Red Sox Prospect Watch: April is in Full Swing
Portland Sea Dogs
In Portland, there are a couple players who have been performing very well. And that starts with the crown jewel of the Red Sox farm system, Rafael Devers. The 20 year-old third baseman is hoping to turn the corner and make a major leap in his development this year. Devers, as well as the front office, is hoping to go from a player with a high ceiling to someone who is knocking on the door of a major league team.
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Devers is currently having a great year in Portland, but it is only on one side of the ball. Hitting .375 in 10 games, Devers is seeing the ball very well. When you add in 6 doubles to that, it is clear that he is very skilled.
While Devers is someone who is hitting the ball well, it has been a different story defensively. He is the only Sea Dog to commit multiple errors, with 3 already. While it would be great to see Devers in Boston earlier than September, if he keeps making errors I doubt he overtakes the struggling Sandoval.
Luis Ysla has had 4 outings out of the pen in Portland, and has looked great. Even though he has given up a run, he has gotten strikeouts for 75% of his outs. Clearly, the talent level in Double-A is different than the MLB. But, it is a great sign to see Ysla getting players to swing and miss. Just like Workman, Ysla could be a dark horse for a possible bullpen arm that could factor later in the year.