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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 13, 2017 at 01:25 PM (#5492961)
The Red Sox have the most home games in the AL the rest of the way, and they have the best record at home so far, too. The schedule the rest of the way is unusually favorable, and they begin the second half in first place.

That said, third base is such a sinkhole for the Red Sox that if Devers has a good 45 days in Pawtucket, they will totally bring him up. The fact that has shown major power and increased strike zone judgment as he's moved up the ladder is very exciting.
   2. Cargo Cultist Posted: July 13, 2017 at 02:38 PM (#5493052)
Bring him up now! He can't suck much worse than the rest of their 3Bs.
   3. Hans Van Slooten Posted: July 13, 2017 at 05:47 PM (#5493173)
In fairness to the Red Sox, their catchers are terrible too.
   4. Textbook Editor Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:23 PM (#5493194)
I suspect they're gonna try like hell to get to 9/1 before bringing Devers up, but he absolutely, positively will be up on 9/1. How much he plays after that really depends (to me) on how Holt fares coming back from injury. I think all things being equal, they'd prefer to have Holt put in a journeyman, league-average performance at 3B and not have to rush Devers. They brought up Bogaerts in 2013 and that all wound up working out OK in the end...
   5. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:38 PM (#5493204)
Tzu-Wei Lin has hit .333/.435/.436 over 15 games. Obviously that's not going to continue but I'm in no rush to change something that's working. Hell, get a couple weeks out of him and see if Holt can come back healthy and do his Brock Holt thing. Let Devers show it at AAA, get some experience then go get him.

I'm shocked at Vazquez' WAR rating. Not sure how that performance is a -0.5 WAR. Just in general I'd be thrilled if the Sox could get a guy like Lucroy but I'm not worried about the catching position. I think Vazquez' defensive numbers are a bit wonky, he's got both high PB and Error totals that I think is not likely to continue.
   6. Textbook Editor Posted: July 13, 2017 at 07:50 PM (#5493233)
#5--I hear you, Jose, and--in theory--I agree. But I fear they may give Lin too much rope once the inevitable slide begins. I'm not saying hand the job right to Holt--I think you spot him in some games here and there while riding Lin's hot hand.

What sucks about the C situation is that they broke the one C they could have gotten offense from, and he's still not right in AAA (and hurt again to boot).
   7. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 13, 2017 at 09:48 PM (#5493269)
FWIW, Leon is hitting .273/.331/.427 in 122 PA since the end of April. He batted .180/.196/.280 in 51 PA in April. Vazquez is hitting .182/.222/.234 in 81 PA since the beginning of June.
   8. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: July 14, 2017 at 12:25 AM (#5493306)
TE - I think a lot hinges on Holt. If he's ready in a few eeeks then I think you'll see him replace Lin and save them from themselves. If holt isn't ready then I won't be surprised if they go to long. The one hopeful note on that is they've been awfully aggressive shifting through third base options with Rutledge, Marrero and now Lin.

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