Boston Red Sox rookie phenom Rafael Devers continued to rack up the milestones with the first multi-home run game of his young career.
The milestones keep piling up for Rafael Devers. The rookie third baseman for the Boston Red Sox added another item to his list of accomplishments with his first career multi-home run game Monday night.
Both of his home runs came off Trevor Bauer, accounting for two of the three runs the Cleveland Indians starter surrendered. His first showcased the opposite field power we’ve come to expect, putting the Red Sox on the board in the second inning with a solo shot into the Monster seats. Devers would tie the game in his next trip to the plate with a blast to right center in the fourth inning.
The rookie has made a habit of taking advantage of the short wall in Fenway’s left field. He’s also shown the power to take the ball out to deep center during trips to Seattle and New York. His second home run last night was the first time we’ve seen Devers pull the ball for a home run.
At 20 years old, 294 days, Devers became the third youngest hitter in franchise history to hit multiple home runs in a game. Tony Conigliaro and Ted Williams were the only Red Sox hitters to do so at a younger age.
He also joins Tony C and Teddy Ballgame as the only Red Sox players to homer in consecutive games before the age of 21. Devers blasted a solo home run off closer Aroldis Chapman to tie the game Sunday night in the Bronx. The 102.8 mph heater was the fastest pitch ever hit for a home run in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008). It was also only the second home run Chapman has allowed in his career to a left-handed hitter.
Devers has piled up six home runs and 21 hits through the first 16 games of his big league career. No other Red Sox hitter has produced 3+ home runs and 20+ hits in their first 16 MLB games.
Is there anything this kid can’t do? He’s accomplishing things that no other Red Sox hitter has ever done at this age. He’s putting his name in the record books beside some of the all-time greats. He’s arguably been the best hitter on the team since being called up last month and he’s carrying the Red Sox on his back through a stretch that has vaulted them to the top of the division.
Boston is 11-5 in games that Devers has played in. That’s obviously a small sample size, yet that .687 winning percentage would lead the American League by a mile. Their rookie third baseman has been a big reason behind that lofty winning percentage.
Third base was a tremendous problem for the Red Sox for the majority of the season. Now that Devers has joined the big league club, Boston’s third baseman is a problem for everyone else.