Rafael Devers Greenville Drive  |  Third Base


Devers Video

Age: 18
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)
ETA: 2018

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

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2013 Top 40 Season in Review
Scouting Scratch: Trey Ball and Rafael Devers (4.2.14)
Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part One (10.8.14)
2014 Top 40 Season in Review
The Write-Up: Thursday at the Fort (3.20.15)
Notes from the Field: Devers power display... (5.6.15)
Scouting Scratch: Rafael Devers (8.7.15)

Physical Description: Well built with a large lower half. Physically mature for someone his age. Room to fill out in his upper body. Not a great athlete. 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.

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. Generates natural backspin and loft. Ball really carries off his bat. Displayed precocious power to all fields immediately, even in the DSL, where he homered to the opposite field in his first professional game.  

Arm: Solid-average arm strength that can play at third base. Needs to improve footwork, which impacted his accuracy.

Field: Doesn’t look pretty, but can make the plays at third base. Limited range and on the stiff and rigid side when fielding ground balls. Will be given every chance to stick at third, but could move across the diamond to first base eventually.

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.  

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. Will stick at third base for the foreseeable future, but if his bat develops as projected, it would profile at first base.

  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
  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: November 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2017
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2015):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
2015 South Atlantic League All-Star
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2014 SoxProspects.com Season-End All-Star
2014 SoxProspects.com Rookie of the Year
2015 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (May 2015)
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2015 SoxProspects.com All-Star






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