When the Red Sox won the World Series last year, they were led by stars Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, and J.D. Martinez. Even with their success, young players like Rafael Devers were inconsistent. This season, that has been a different story as Devers and Xander Bogaerts have emerged as a deadly duo. The young infielders have led the Red Sox offense which is currently one of the best in baseball. Continue reading →
This is the first time this season that the Red Sox look like the Red Sox. After the start-to-finish dominance of last years team, it was very discouraging for Red Sox fans to watch their team get off to a slow start. Especially after the World Series run they had last season.
Rafael Devers was graded by Fangraphs as the #2 prospect in the Red Sox farm system and #22 overall back in 2017. He was evaluated as a pure hitter with a plus-hit tool and strong raw power. Devers burst onto the scene as a 20-year old in 2017, slashing .284/.338/.482 with 10 HRs in only 58 games. This promising start led to higher expectations for the young slugger. He followed up his debut with a disappointing sophomore season, where he hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 HRs in 121 games. This performance caused his stock to drop in 2019 Fantasy Baseball drafts. However, the early stages of this season are showing promising signs for the young Devers.