Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers
21-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Boston Red Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Red Sox decided to give Devers a look rather than trade for a third baseman at the deadline, and Devers proved up to the challenge as he more than held his own against top-level pitching as a 20-year-old. Devers posted a .344 wOBA and 111 wRC+ in 240 plate appearance and showed an ability to easily catch up to premium velocity. He was fortunate on balls in play (.342 BABIP), but Devers' strikeout rate was entirely manageable at 23.8 percent and the quality of the contact he made was excellent (89.5 mph average exit velocity). Devers beat up on same-handed pitching, albeit in a small sample, and he continued his success into the ALDS. A 9.7 percent walk rate in 77 games at Double-A last season hints at room for growth in that department as the former top prospect matures, and the lineup is conducive to compiling strong run and RBI totals. Fenway traditionally isn't great for lefty power, but Devers' bat is good enough to overcome the park. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed as international free agent with Boston in Aug. 2013.
Homers for second straight game
3BBoston Red Sox
September 23, 2018
Devers went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-4 extra-innings loss to the Indians.
ANALYSIS
Devers has started three straight games at third base with Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) on the shelf, and he's given us the whole Devers package. He homered in each of the last two games and hit safely in all three starts but also impacted games with his fielding. Devers committed a costly error Friday, his league-leading 23rd among third basemen. He avoided being credited with a 24th on Saturday when a batted ball in the 11th inning was ruled an infield single. That runner came around to score the game-winning run. Manager Alex Cora told Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com that Devers has improved his plate approach by chasing fewer pitches and being less anxious in the batter's box. However, the manager will have a hard choice to make in the postseason: Devers is the better option offensively but Nunez is safer defensively. Devers would be tested in the field against righty-heavy lineups like the Yankees and Astros.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+45%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .760 171 23 5 21 3 .280 .339 .420
Since 2016vs Right .751 527 66 23 67 5 .248 .302 .450
2018vs Left .608 114 13 3 17 1 .224 .272 .336
2018vs Right .756 344 42 15 41 4 .248 .305 .451
2017vs Left 1.074 57 10 2 4 2 .400 .474 .600
2017vs Right .743 183 24 8 26 1 .250 .295 .448
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .780 331 49 13 36 4 .262 .317 .462
Since 2016Away .730 367 40 15 52 4 .251 .305 .425
2018Home .695 197 26 7 19 2 .228 .289 .406
2018Away .737 261 29 11 39 3 .252 .303 .434
2017Home .902 134 23 6 17 2 .312 .358 .544
2017Away .713 106 11 4 13 1 .247 .311 .402
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Rafael Devers compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
7.6%
 
K Rate
24.7%
 
BABIP
.279
 
ISO
.182
 
AVG
.237
 
OBP
.294
 
SLG
.418
 
OPS
.712
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Devers' future with Boston became a whole lot clearer in a matter of hours at the MLB Winter Meetings. That's when president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski traded prospects Yoan Moncada and Mauricio Dubon, and Travis Shaw, who started more games at third base than any other player last season. There's now a direct line from Pablo Sandoval in Fenway Park to Devers, who should start the 2017 season at Double-A Portland. As a 19-year-old in the Carolina League, where the average age is 22, Devers overcame an awful start to become a postseason All-Star selection, slashing .282/.335/.443/.779 with 11 homers and 32 doubles. The Carolina League, particularly the park in Salem, notoriously suppresses power, so expect to see an uptick in homers when he moves north to Portland. He also added an element of speed, posting career highs in triples (eight) and stolen bases (18), a testament to him showing up in better shape.
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, moving up from number 99 in Baseball America’s top-100 list at the start the season to number 15 in their mid-season adjusted rankings. All the projectable skills remain — Devers has an advanced-for-his-age plate approach, proper swing mechanics, and can spray the ball to all fields. He is solidly built and projects to be a future middle-of-the-order power hitter, but his stroke right now lends itself to more doubles power — his 38 two-baggers were second in the Sally League. As he matures and gets stronger, Devers should develop plus power to go with a plus hit tool. He will remain on a third-base track for now, but could end up at DH long term. Devers should begin his age-19 season at High-A Salem.
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.
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Homers, drives in two
3BBoston Red Sox
September 21, 2018
Devers went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's win over the Indians.
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Replaces Nunez at third
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September 21, 2018
Devers went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Thursday's 11-6 win over the Yankees.
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Sits again Wednesday
3BBoston Red Sox
September 19, 2018
Devers is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Benched against lefty
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September 18, 2018
Devers is not in the lineup Tuesday against lefty J.A. Happ and the Yankees, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
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Enters for hurting Nunez
3BBoston Red Sox
September 14, 2018
Devers entered Thursday's game for an injured Eduardo Nunez (knee) and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays.
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