Rafael Devers Spoke About His Promotion To AAA Pawtucket Before Tonights Game Against Toledo
Rafael Devers has quickly risen through the Red Sox system. Last Friday, the Red Sox promoted him from AA Portland to AAA Pawtucket.
In 2 games over the weekend, he was 4 for 8 at the plate with 1 home run and 2 RBI’s. Tonight, Devers is batting 6th and making his debut at McCoy Stadium against the Toledo Mudhens.
Devers spoke to the media before the game through translator Will Flemming. Flemming is the radio play by play announcer for the Paw Sox.
Devers said that he was notified that he was being promoted to AAA Pawtucket on Friday from Carlos Febles. Febles is the manager for AA Portland. During that conversation Carlos “brought [me] into the office and told [me] that [I] was going to Pawtucket. [I] called [my] father right away and [we] were very emotional and happy.”
When asked about the biggest difference between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket, Devers said that “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.”
With the hole at 3rd base in Boston, it does motivate Devers “but it’s out of [my] control. The fact that there is an opportunity there does inspire and motivate [me] to work harder every day.”
With Devers making his Debut tonight at McCoy Stadium, it will be interesting if he can hit those breaking balls. In his second game with the Paw Sox he did see a lot of breaking pitches. If he can hit those, it might help him go up in the organization quicker then most think.
Many say his fielding is what he is struggling with. Before the game. He was fielding ground balls at 3rd base. If his glove gets better sooner, rather then later, you could see him in Boston soon.