Boston Red Sox Promote Top Prospect Rafael Devers From AAA Pawtucket
Following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced that the Red Sox selected the contract of Rafael Devers. The Red Sox haven’t announced what the corresponding move is yet.
Devers has played in 9 games for AAA Pawtucket since being promoted from AA Portland on July 14th. In those games, he hit .400, with 2 home runs, and 4 RBI’s.
However, he has struggled defensively. During his small sample size with AAA Pawtucket, he has committed 4 fielding errors.
Analysis Of The Call Up
During the past week, Trifecta Network has covered 7 of his 9 games at AAA Pawtucket. From what we have seen, he is ready offensively. However he is not defensively. Devers has trouble with footwork and throwing the ball over to 1st base.
This move is clearly a move by the Red Sox to have offense from the 3rd base position. Yes the offense is struggling and they need somehting to help jump start it, and the team is hoping that Devers does that. Dave Dombrowski acknowledged that the if they were to aquire a 3rd basemen via trade, the price was too expensive.
Dombrowski acknowledged the move is rebated to the 3B market being limited and/or too pricey
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 23, 2017
This is the type of move that could mess with Devers as a baseball player. He is only 20 years old. He needed extra time at AAA Pawtucket to be able to work on his footwork and ability to throw over to first base. If he is making those mistakes at the AAA level, it’s not a big deal. But if he is making those mistakes at the major league level, it could mess with him. Since he is so young, that could mess with him.
Devers should have been at AAA Pawtucket the rest of this season, and then go to the Arizona Fall League. Then next season start at AAA Pawtucket. See if he can get better defensively in April. If he can, you call him up. Even though Devers is really good defensively, he needs to be able to field a ball properly. I see his defense being so much of a struggle, it could mess with him mentally.