Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox  |  Third Base


Devers Video

Age: 20
Born: October 24, 1996
Sanchez, DR
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2013)

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Physical Description: Well-built with a large lower half. Physically mature for his age. Room to fill out in his upper body. Not a great athlete, although surprisingly athletic for his size. Will need to watch his conditioning as he matures.  

Hit: Fluid, easy swing. Natural hitter. Strong, quick wrists. Future plus hit tool. Easy plus bat speed and an advanced approach for his age. Solid swing mechanics and separation in stride. Very controlled for someone with his bat speed and ability to drive the baseball. Able to recognize spin, and has decent knowledge of the strike zone. Can let the ball get deep on the outer half and still have the strength to drive it the other way.

Power: Plus-to-better power potential (30 home runs). Present strength allows him to drive the ball to all fields. Will still get stronger. Ball makes a different sound off of his bat and really carries. Generates natural backspin and loft. Displayed precocious power to all fields even during his professional debut.  

Arm: Plus arm strength that can play at third base. Footwork has greatly improved since he signed, but still can get a bit sloppy at times. Has the arm strength to make all the throws both deep behind the base and charging while on the run.

Field: Has soft hands and his footwork is surprisingly good given his build. Comfortable charging the ball and making smooth transfers from glove to throwing hand. Agile for his size and has average range. Projects as at least an average defender at third base. Should be able to stick at the position long-term unless his body gets away from him as he matures. Past concerns that he may need to move off the position stemmed almost entirely from projections that he may lose agility as he grew into his large frame.

Run: Below-average speed at present. Not a part of his game.  

Career Notes: Suffered a stress fracture in his right ankle while sliding during the 2014 fall instructional league, but was expected to have a normal offseason and be ready for spring training. Was one of the top prospects in the 2013 international free agent class. Participated in 2013 and 2014 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: All-Star potential regardless of position due to his value at the plate. Potential to be a plus hitter for average with plus-to-better power. One of the most exciting young players in the system in years. Mature approach for his age; has shown the ability to handle aggressive assignments and make adjustments to periods of struggle. Glove plays at third base. Surprisingly agile given his build and will make the routine plays and some of the tough ones. Unlikely to be a Gold Glove candidate, but also won’t be a liability and should develop into at least an average third baseman, an outcome the Red Sox will happily accept given his offensive potential. If a defensive move is necessary his bat will still play at either first base or designated hitter.

  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2014 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 28 104 26 35 6 3 3 21 56 21 20 4 1 0.337 0.445 0.538 0.984
  2014 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 17 42 157 21 49 11 2 4 36 68 14 30 1 0 0.312 0.374 0.484 0.858
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 18 115 469 71 135 38 1 11 70 208 24 84 3 2 0.288 0.329 0.443 0.773
  2015 Escogido LIDOM Wint Bos 18 13 43 7 12 3 0 0 6 15 4 8 0 0 0.279 0.340 0.349 0.689
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 19 128 503 64 142 32 8 11 71 223 40 94 18 6 0.282 0.335 0.443 0.778
  2016 Escogido LIDOM Wint Bos 19 25 74 6 18 4 0 0 4 22 4 13 0 0 0.243 0.282 0.297 0.579
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 20 77 287 48 86 19 3 18 56 165 31 55 0 3 0.300 0.369 0.575 0.944
  2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 20     stats                            
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 20     stats                            
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: DEH-vers
First Pro Contract:
July 2, 2013 by Manny Nanita (Boston)
Signing Bonus: $1,500,000
MiLB Debut: May 31, 2014 (DSL)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: July 24, 2017 (Boston)
MLB Debut:
July 25, 2017 (Boston)
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): League Minimum
Trade Restrictions
: -
2015 South Atlantic League All-Star
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2015 Futures Game All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month (April 2016)
2016 Carolina League Season-End All-Star
2016 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
Eastern League Player of the Week (May 1-7, 2017)
Eastern League All-Star (2017)
2017 Futures Gane All-Star
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