Boston Red Sox Rookie Rafael Devers Looking To Be A Superstar
The Boston Red Sox called up 20-year-old Rafael Devers on Sunday to help kick start their offense. Devers watched Monday nights loss on the bench as he awaited his Major League debut on Tuesday.
Prior to the loss, Devers talked about how he envisions being a superstar.
“For me the work is never done,” he said through a translator to reporters in Seattle. “I just want to learn how to be a superstar third baseman. Everyone tells me the only way to do that is through constant work, just like when you’re hitting you have to do constant work. They told me daily work at third base is going to make a difference, make me the superstar I want to be.”
After being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 14, he’s hit .400 in nine games. Devers said he was actually expecting to get promoted to the majors soon.
“Of course,” he said. “You work hard to make your dream come true, and that’s what I’ve been doing. When you see that hard work pays off and you get the call, it doesn’t surprise me.”
Devers is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday night to take on Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. One thing to look at with Devers is his defense which has been an issue at every level in the minor league system.
But this is a young player that is used to making quick adjustments. In AA Portland he wasn’t used to facing breaking balls, in AAA-Pawtucket he started to see some more. This caused him to have a hitless night on his second AAA game with the PawSox.
But the third base prospect was quick to adjust and was able to wait on the breaking ball the next game.
“the main difference is that the first day [I] gets 4 hits and [saw] a lot of fastballs. The next day, there are breaking balls left and right. You have to make that adjustment.” said Devers in Pawtucket.
Despite what his struggles might be, Pawtucket’s Manager Kevin Boles spoke highly of Boston’s top prospect.
“Watching him defensively, hes got real good action. [He] has arm strength, quality footwork. Offensively, you can see the hand speed there.”
“He’s able to foul off pitchers pitches and extend at bats. Hopefully he can be a productive out and a tough out. It’s very impressive for a young hitter” said Kevin Boles Regarding Devers
It is important for Boston Red Sox fans to have realistic expectations of the young player as he makes his Major League debut. But it appears as if his dreams of becoming a superstar are a very real possibility.