Rafael Devers doesn’t care what league he’s in.
The Boston Red Sox top prospect absolutely raked for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs this season, slashing .300/.369/.575 with 56 runs batted in and 48 runs scored. Devers already smacked 18 home runs, as well as 19 doubles and three triples on the year.
Due to the ridiculous stat line, the third baseman was promoted to Triple-A on Saturday.
It didn’t take long for Devers to pile on the stats with the Pawtucket Red Sox. In his first game, the left-handed hitter went 4-for-4 with a double and home run, while driving in two runs and scoring two more.
The impressive game was highlighted by his inexperience. While Double-A tends to have more “future” talent, Triple-A has plenty of MLB-ready players. That didn’t seem to faze the 20-year-old at all.
How good has Rafael Devers been in his @PawSox debut? He was 3-for-3, and Syracuse went lefty-lefty on him w/ a 10-year MLB vet. He homered.
— Mike Monaco (@MikeMonaco_) July 16, 2017
Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski announced the team isn’t in a rush to move Devers to the majors, a smart move since Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero have held third base down admirably over the last few weeks.
Due to that, Boston isn’t desperate for a third baseman at the moment. Rushing Devers to the majors could stunt his growth and, if he struggles, hurt the Red Sox as well – both in the present and future.
There have also been plenty of trade rumors swirling. The Red Sox are apparently extremely close to acquiring Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox. If that happens, Devers seeing the majors in 2017 will seem unlikely.
The big game should give Boston a reason to reconsider. While Devers will definitely need time in Triple-A, if he continues to demolish opposing pitchers, he’s the best option. Any trade will have seemed unnecessary if Devers takes over.
The Red Sox promoted Devers with a plan to take it slow. His first game in Triple-A seems to be the first argument against that approach. Whenever he arrives in the majors, fans will need to get ready for some fireworks.