Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers
24-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Boston Red Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Devers had a breakout 2019 campaign with 32 home runs and a 132 wRC+, but he took a step back during the shortened 2020 season. The 24-year-old appeared to have his strikeout issues under control, but then his strikeout rate ballooned to 27.0% while his walk rate dropped to 5.2%, both of which represent the worst marks of his admittedly young career. Most of the issues came during July, as he went 5-for-29 with four doubles and one walk in eight games. He also continues to struggle against left-handed pitching (.613 OPS), which could end up limiting his ceiling if he doesn't figure them out. A rebound season in 2021 seems like a good bet if Devers can bring his strikeout rate back down, though he may have a tough time replicating the impressive numbers from 2019 that resulted in a 12th-place finish in AL MVP voting. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#41
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $4.58 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2021.
Launches ninth homer
3BBoston Red Sox
May 11, 2021
Devers went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the A's.
ANALYSIS
His seventh-inning blast off Chris Bassitt brought the Red Sox within a run, but it was the last gasp of offense for his squad. Devers has gone yard twice in the last three games, giving him nine homers on the year to go with a strong .280/.361/.576 slash line.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .725 349 50 9 42 0 .261 .315 .410
Since 2019vs Right .974 739 133 43 145 10 .314 .367 .607
2021vs Left .840 42 4 1 7 0 .294 .429 .412
2021vs Right .971 102 18 8 23 2 .275 .333 .637
2020vs Left .620 88 9 1 6 0 .225 .295 .325
2020vs Right .907 154 23 10 36 0 .288 .325 .582
2019vs Left .744 219 37 7 29 0 .269 .301 .442
2019vs Right .996 483 92 25 86 8 .330 .388 .608
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+62%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .863 529 83 20 83 3 .293 .343 .520
Since 2019Away .931 551 100 32 101 7 .303 .361 .570
2021Home .716 72 9 2 10 1 .238 .319 .397
2021Away 1.161 72 13 7 20 1 .323 .403 .758
2020Home .781 115 18 5 16 0 .252 .304 .477
2020Away .859 119 14 6 23 0 .288 .336 .523
2019Home .920 342 56 13 57 2 .318 .361 .560
2019Away .911 360 73 19 58 6 .304 .361 .550
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.47
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
23.6%
 
BABIP
.310
 
ISO
.296
 
AVG
.280
 
OBP
.361
 
SLG
.576
 
OPS
.937
 
wOBA
.398
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.7%
 
Barrels/PA
15.0%
 
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We have seen this script before: positive rookie year followed by a sophomore slump, and then a huge breakout year. Devers dedicated himself to getting into shape after his disappointing 2018 season, and the hard work paid off with a monster offensive season in 2019. His exit velocity, hard-hit rate and expected batting average were each in the 90th percentile, and he drastically reduced his strikeout rate from 25% to 17% last season. He has power to all fields, but also can be neutralized by lefties as he had a .996 OPS vs righties but a .744 OPS against lefties last season with just seven of his 32 homers coming off southpaws. It is unlikely there is another step forward coming in 2020, because it is nearly impossible to expect Devers to get over 700 plate appearances in consecutive years. Devers could be dealing with the pressures to do even more with the bat to make up for what Boston loses this winter.
Devers celebrated his 22nd birthday during Game 2 of the 2018 World Series, when many prospects are resting after their Triple-A campaign, so there's plenty of time to improve in deficient areas. Devers' ability to handle velocity and hang in against southpaws heads his skill set. He needs to work on consistency at the dish and in the field, but that should come with experience. Once Boston handed him the reins at the hot corner in the playoffs, his defense rose to the occasion. Contact is Devers' biggest batting woe. His 6.1% Barrels/PA was 91st in the league, impressive for his age. His .281 BABIP seems low according to Statcast data, though his line-drive rate was below average. Still, positive regression is likely. His second-half hamstring issues shouldn't be much of a concern after his playoff performance. Be aggressive but not overly so as Devers may still sit against some lefties. The long-term upside as a perennial All-Star is still on course.
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.
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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Plates three runs
3BBoston Red Sox
May 9, 2021
Devers went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a strikeout in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Orioles.
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Back in action Wednesday
3BBoston Red Sox
May 5, 2021
Devers (shoulder) will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday against the Tigers, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Resting sore shoulder
3BBoston Red Sox
Shoulder
May 4, 2021
Devers is resting a sore right shoulder and is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Ropes homer in win
3BBoston Red Sox
May 1, 2021
Devers went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-1 win over Texas.
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Knocks in team's only run
3BBoston Red Sox
April 29, 2021
Devers went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a strikeout in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Texas.
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