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.