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Red Sox Prospect Update: Rafael Devers Looks Ready For Pawtucket

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Red Sox Prospect Update: Rafael Devers Looks Ready For Pawtucket, Chavis Hot, Castillo Ready For Trade

The Boston Red Sox prospect pool has gotten smaller in the Dave Dombrowski era, but there are still some prospects who are doing well down on the farm.

Rafael Devers Is Playing Like He Is Ready For Pawtucket

Rafael Devers is playing for the AA-Portland Sea Dogs and the 20-year-old infielder is having quite the season. Devers has played in 57 games so far this season for Portland and has had 214 plate appearances.

In those plate appearances Devers has a .308/.369/.561 slash line and has 16 doubles, 12 home runs, 21 walks, and 40 RBIs. In the field Devers has started 49 games at third base and he has a .940 fielding percentage and Devers has 8 errors. Not great in the field for Devers, but his bat makes up for his defensive struggles.

If Devers is called up to AAA-Pawtucket the current roster in AAA has Deven Marrero, Ryan Court, Matt Dominguez, Jantzen Witte, Steve Selsky listed as players who can play third. Heiker Meneses has been placed on the 7-day-dl so their is some room for playing time, but a Devers call-up would mean a roster change-up. But if he is ready, that is something Boston would do in a heartbeat.

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Michael Chavis Is Red Hot In Salem, Could Be In Portland If Devers Called Up

Another hot prospect in the Red Sox system is another third basemen.

Michael Chavis has been red hot in High-A Salem with a .332 avg in 214 plate appearances this season. Chavis has 17 home-runs and 55 RBis and 17 doubles for Salem and looks ready to take the next step in AA-Portland.

Chavis defensively has been poor though with the third basemen committing 11 errors this season which gives him a .847 fielding percentage. Poor third basemen defense is a trend in the Red Sox system with Marrero being rated the best defensive third basemen in the organization.

Rusney Castillo Getting Hot For The Pawtucket Red Sox

Castillo isn’t necessarily a prospect at this point with the outfielder being 29-years of age and has 317 career at-bats at the Major League level. Castillo has a .262 average during his time at the Majors but his general lack of baseball IQ paired with other outfielders more talented than him has kept the Cuban native in Pawtucket.

This season Castillo has gotten hotter and hotter with the season progressing. Castillo has appeared in 53 games with 217 plate appearances and is batting .295 on the season.

Castillo has 17 doubles, 9 home runs, and 27 RBIs. Castillo has played flawlessly in the field starting 46 games at center field and has yet to record an error with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Castillo’s road to the majors in Boston is blocked barring any big trade or injury to multiple players. With his bat getting hot and fielding at an elite level in Pawtucket you could see Castillo become a trade piece for Dombrowski.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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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

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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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