The year of Rafael Devers

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January 29, 2018 by adamburt13

Written by Adam Burt

Baseball season is close…kind of, but not really. It’s pretty far away and with Dave Dombrowski still not having made a single impact offseason signing for the Red Sox I’m just going to talk about how much I love Rafael Devers.

He’s a stud.

Devers, in 222 at bats during his short 2017 season, had a batting average of .284, hit 10 home runs and knocked in 30 RBI’s. Not bad right? The 21-year-old third baseman also had an OPS of .819 last season. So to say I’m excited to watch a full year of Raffy Devers with the Red Sox is an understatement, I’m beyond aroused for it.

If Devers’ regular season performance in 2017 wasn’t enough to sell you on his abilities maybe you watched the Sox get smacked in the postseason? If so, you saw Devers in his first ever postseason action hit 2 ding dongs (1 inside the park) and drive home 5 RBIs while hitting .364 with a 1.338 OPS percentage.

Devers also actually tied for 6th on the Red Sox In home runs last season (10) and he wasn’t even called up from Triple- A Pawtucket until late July. That’s not ideal for the Red Sox, someone who was called up and had less than half the at bats of most players in the starting lineup finished just outside of your top 5 home run hitters…..YIKES!

So a pretty electric start to the career of 21-year-old Rafael Devers. I’m not here to promise that Devers is going to be the big impact bat that this Red Sox lineup desperately needs to hit 30+ home runs a season. But I’m for sure saying that he is a fresh new lovable guy for the Sox who is on the rise and an all around great player. A full year of him is going to be very exciting and impactful. I also believe that newly signed Red Sox manager Alex Cora will bring out the absolute best in this kid and the Red Sox are going to have a star at third base for years to come.

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