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Red Sox Prospect Rafael Devers Just Needs To Hit The Breaking Ball



Red Sox Prospect Rafael Devers Just Needs To Hit The Breaking Ball Before Going To Boston

Rafael Devers played in his 1st game at McCoy Stadium tonight in a Paw Sox 9-8 win over the Mud Hens. In 3 at bats, he had an infield single and struck out twice. He also walked and scored 2 runs for the Paw Sox. The second run scored by Devers was what put the Paw Sox ahead for good in the 7th inning.

Before the game, Devers talked through an interpreter about how one of the adjustments he has had to make is being able to hit the breaking ball. In his 1st game, he went 4 for 4 at the plate. He saw a lot of fastballs. In his 2nd game, he saw a lot of breaking balls. That resulted in an 0 for 4 game at the plate.

Tonight, Devers was able to have a long at bat in the 7th inning before he worked a lead off walk. That was following a 9 pitch at bat that he had in Syracuse over the weekend during his 2nd game with the Paw Sox.

Devers Making Adjustments At AAA

After the game, Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles had a few comments regarding Devers and his adjustments to AAA.

“He’s doing well. He had a great start to the first game in Syracuse. Watching him defensively, hes got real good action. [He] has arm strength, quality footwork. Offensively, you can see the hand speed there.”

Since he is such a young player with so much upside, there is no reason to push him to do something that could mess with him. Boles agrees with that too. At the Age of 20, Devers has been very impressive so far with what he can do. The Red Sox just need to let him take time and play the game like how he know. If they do that, he will eventually be ready to play at the major league level.

“At this, lets not make any changes that are unnecessary. Lets see what we get. The game will tell you what adjustments he needs to make.”

During his pre-game press conference, he said through an interpreter that he needs to make the adjustments to hitting the breaking balls. During his 4 for 4 performance in his first game, he saw a lot of fastballs. The pitchers made the adjustments in his second game and they threw a lot of breaking balls.

“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

Even though he has only appeared in 3 games at the AAA level, he has been able to at least extend at bats when facing breaking balls. If he is able to recognize breaking balls and make solid contact, Devers will be able to succeed in Boston. If he was absolutely lost when he got a breaking ball, then there would be more of a problem.

Players in the past like Lars Anderson or Willy Mo Pena would not be able to hit a breaking ball at all. Devers is already able to extend at bats when facing a breaking ball. It’s only a matter of time before he is able to get hits on the breaking ball. The Red Sox need to be aware of this. They can’t call him up before that time or it could mess with him. Once he is able to do that, they should call him up. But they need to wait for that. It’s only a matter of time before he is able to make solid contact on the breaking balls.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



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



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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