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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The totality of Rafael Devers, who is eclipsing everything thought possible

Devers won’t be able to sustain his current play forever. (His .377 BAbip would rank him 3rd all time.) Nevertheless, he looks like a great young player who has great bat-to-ball skills and an ability to make adjustments. I am looking forward to watching his career.

For reference, he’s the top 30 in BAbip (minimum 1000 PA):

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rafael devers, red sox

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sullivan: Let’s Watch Rafael Devers Take Aroldis Chapman Deep

Kung Fu Who?

Even before Sunday, Devers was doing pretty well. He’d advanced through Portland, he’d advanced through Pawtucket, and he’d run a .939 OPS over some dozens of chances in the major leagues. Devers, as a rookie, has taken a firm hold on the Red Sox’s third-base position, which earlier had proven a crippling weakness. Now, though, Devers truly has his breakthrough moment. See, he batted against Chapman in the ninth inning of a one-run game, and he tied it up. He tied it up with a home run back up the middle, and he tied it up with a home run against a pitch measured at 102.8.

Pitchers have been throwing pitches for more than a hundred years. Batters have been swinging at them for same. And yet, for more than a century, we lacked all the data. We have pitch velocities tracked only back to 2008. So be it. We’re given a limited window, but still a meaningful one. For shorthand, you could say we have a decade of information. Over that decade, no one has gone yard against a faster fastball. Faster pitches have been thrown, but none of them have gone for four bases. Devers is still looking ahead to his 21st birthday, but already he’s done one of the most incredible things he’ll probably ever do.

The pitch was faster than the pitch thrown to Davis, by almost six ticks. And, unlike Davis, Devers went up batting left-handed. Chapman, historically, has been good against everyone, but he’s been the best pitcher against lefties on record. Using the Baseball Reference Play Index, I searched historical splits for pitchers who’ve thrown at least 100 innings against left-handed hitters. Chapman ranks first in slugging percentage against, at .174. The guy in second place is all the way up at .238. Then you’ve got a guy at .240. Chapman has faced 422 career lefties. Devers just doubled the home-run total.

Read the whole thing.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, awesome sauce, home run, rafael devers, red sox, yankees

Friday, August 04, 2017

Rafael Devers giving Boston Red Sox production Yoan Moncada couldn’t - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Devers runs and plays defense better than his rep. Of course, the defense should get better while, eventually, he’ll become a turtle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Red Sox Rafael Devers homers for first MLB hit | MLB.com

STOP THE PRESSES!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rafael Devers gets the call

I hope fans temper their expectations. Of course, they won’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers on a fast track to the majors

That might be a bit of an exaggeration in discussing a 20-year-old, but there are markers of change. Devers’s beaming smile no longer glistens with a mouth full of braces as it did in his prior Futures Game. He features a wisp of a mustache — the source of jibes among his Double A Portland teammates — but an impossibility for him as a teenager two years earlier. And the tattoo on his arm of his daughter Rachel’s name attests to a fundamental life change.

“Two years ago, I was playing basically for me,” Devers reflected through a translator. “My life has changed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

 

 

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