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

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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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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

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Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.


Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.



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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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