#1: Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers
Well, this one should come as no surprise to any member of Red Sox Nation. Carita, Raffy Big Stick, Raffy Big Scoops, it doesn’t matter what nickname you want to call Rafael Devers he’s gonna go out there and mash some damn baseballs. At this point in his career, there isn’t a single thing this guy can’t do and with each plate appearance, he’s adding his name to the record books.
It’s a blast to watch Raffy bat in the regular season but he’s making his name on what he does in October. Thanks to another Herculean effort despite a painful arm injury, he joined the likes of Albert Pujols and Mickey Mantle with what he did offensively in the postseason. Thankfully, he won’t be needing surgery to repair any damage and should be good to go when spring training rolls around.
That’s enough about his October heroics, let’s talk about the shot that landed him as the top masher on this squad for 2021. Picture this, Fenway Park on a gorgeous August day and Baltimore’s Jack Lopez is on the mound.
Unfortunately for Lopez, he would leave a knucklecurve right down Broadstreet and young Raffy wasn’t going to let him get away with that. The three-run shot was his 29th of the season and would give Boston a 4-0 lead in the first.
Devers led the team with 38 home runs in 2021, the most of his career. By the end of the season, he emerged as the most dangerous hitter in this lineup, and that title was rightfully earned. It didn’t seem to matter the game situation, he came through.
Even in excruciating pain toward the end of the year, he still got the job done. The other day he was named as a Silver Slugger finalist, and it’s hard to argue against that honor. Now pay the man.