19-Year-Old Third Baseman – Boston Red Sox
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Devers did nothing to diminish his prospect status in 2015, slashing .288/.329/.443 as an 18-year-old for Low-A Greenville in the South Atlantic League. As a matter of fact, he enhanced his status, mo...
Rafael Devers Contract Information:
Signed as international free agent with Boston in Aug. 2013.
Devers is adjusting to the higher level of pitching at High-A Salem, but is only hitting .144/.245/.278 through 24 games, WEEI.com reports.
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsBarnes, Matt (P)
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A+Ball, Trey (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Devers, considered the jewel of Boston's international free-agent signings in 2013, spent his first full year in the Boston organization in 2014, using his advanced hitting skills to tear up the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. He slashed .322/.404/.506 with seven homers in 302 plate appearances. The Red Sox are quite pleased with his plate approach and ability to hit to all fields. They also saw improved defense from Devers, a solidly built 18-year-old who will remain at third base for the time being. He may add more bulk as he matures, something that could reduce his lateral quickness and necessitate a move to first base or left field. Look for Devers to make the progression to short-season Lowell with the potential to reach Low-A Greenville in the second half of 2015.
Devers, a 17-year-old that was one of the top international free agents, is all projection at this point. This coming season will be his first full one in the organization. At such a young age, Devers is still growing and may add too much weight, putting a move to first base in order. At this point, though, third base is home and he's showed enough instincts to stay there. Regardless of his eventual position, there is a lot of upside here.