This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Will Rafael Devers see the big leagues in 2017 for the Red Sox? That is among the bigger prospect questions as the second half of the season begins. The 20-year-old was recently promoted to Triple-A, as the Red Sox jettisoned both Jhonny Peralta and the Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval. Devers, one of the top prospects in baseball, hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 77 games at Double-A Portland. He did not disappoint in his Triple-A debut, going 4-for-4 with a home run Saturday. The Red Sox are currently leading the AL East, but with the rival Yankees in second, it remains to be seen how long the BoSox can go with Deven Marrero, Brock Holt and others at the hot corner. If Boston does not trade for a third baseman at the deadline, there is a very real possibility Devers will become the everyday third baseman before the season is finished.
Let's take a look at some other movers and shakers in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Ronald Acuna, OF, ATL – Acuna deserves some props, as he has vaulted up the ranks to become perhaps the top prospect in all of baseball at this time. At just 19 years of age, the Venezuelan outfielder has already ascended to Triple-A. After an above-average start to the season at High-A, Acuna torched the competition at Double-A, slashing .326/.374/.520 with nine home runs, 30 RBI and 19 steals in 57 games. The Braves