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Red Sox Promote Devers To Pawtucket

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Boston Red Sox Promote Third Base Prospect Rafael Devers To AAA-Pawtucket

As expected the Boston Red Sox are making a promotion.

According to Evan Drellich of CSNNE and confirmed by sources, the Boston Red Sox have called up top third base prospect Rafael Devers to AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox.

This move does not come as a shock with Boston clearing both Johnny Peralta and Pablo Sandoval off of Pawtucket’s Roster. In addition calling up a fellow third base prospect, Micahel Chavis to Portland also signaled an imminent Devers call-up.

Devers’ has just played in the All-Star Futures Game and has been hitting .300 with a .369 OBP and a .575 slugging percentage in Double-A Portland with 18 home runs.

The issue with Devers has been his defense, he has committed 12 errors at third base in 64 games played there this season. That is one of the reasons why the 20-year-old is being slowly progressed through the Boston Red Sox system instead of an immediate callup like Andrew Benintendi last season or Lin this year.

Devers was signed in July of 2013 as an international free agent signing by then Red Sox GM Ben Cherrington. His current Major League ETA is 2018, with Lin and Marrero being serviceable, that ETA looks to hold strong.

There is a chance that Devers makes his Triple-A debut on Friday night in Syracuse for the PawSox.

For those who do not know Devers, he has been consistently rated one of the better prospects in Major League Baseball. In 2016 when ESPN’s Keith Law released his top 100 baseball prospects, Devers was ranked #7 in baseball. At the time he was ahead of Benintendi, and Yoan Moncada.

Prior to the 2016 season, Law classified  Devers third base skills as having “great hands” and a “70-grade arm”. Unfortunately for Devers, his defense hasn’t been there this year. But that is something he will continue to learn to develop under the watchful eye of the coaching staff in Pawtucket.

Devers potential continues to be through the roof, with scouts always remaining high on his ceiling.

“All-Star potential regardless of position due to his value at the plate. Potential to be a plus hitter for average with plus-to-better power. One of the most exciting young players in the system in years. Mature approach for his age, has shown the ability to handle aggressive assignments. Will stick at third base for the foreseeable future, but if his bat develops as projected, it would profile at first base.”

One of the consistent questions scouts have of Devers is his ability to play third base, especially at the major league level.

“Devers improved significantly at third base, though there still are questions as to whether he’ll remain at the hot corner in the long run. He has the hands and the arm strength for the position, but he could outgrow the position — especially if he doesn’t remain diligent with his conditioning. Presently an average runner, Devers figures to lose a step once he matures physically.”

Devers continues to be one of the better prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization. With no real long term third basemen in Boston, chances are Devers could have a shot at being the Opening Day third basemen next year at the Major League level.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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