Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Preview: Rafael Devers

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The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later hosts will be profiling a different Red Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2021 season.

Today's featured player:  Rafael Devers

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Like most Red Sox, Devers is looking to have a bounce back season in 2021 after a disappointing 2020.  Devers average dropped from .311 in 2019 to only .263 in 2020.  After the season it was revealed that Devers was dealing with a lingering ankle injury which hampered his productivity.

Back of the baseball card:


  • Position: Third baseman
  • Age: 24
  • Bats: Left / Throws: Right
  • Height: 6-0 / Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Nickname: Carita
  • How acquired: Signed with the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2013.
  • Contract status: Signed 1 yr/$4.58 M deal - Under team control/arbitration eligible through 2024

2020 Highlights: 

  • August 30th vs. Washington – Went 4 for 5 with two homers and three RBI, coring three runs in a 9-5 win over the Nationals.
  • September 8th at Philadelphia – In the first game of a doubleheader (seven inning games), went 3 for 4 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored in a 6-5 loss to the Phillies.
  • September 10th at Tampa Bay – Went 3 for 4 with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored in a 4-3 win over the Rays.

 


Red Sox Podcast to be Named Player Outlook:

It’s sometimes easy to forget that after three full seasons in the major leagues Devers is still only 24 years old, younger than some highly touted prospects.  Devers is arguably the best pure hitter on the team and has tons of raw power.  He can sometimes get into deep funks, but almost as quickly as he gets into them, he seems to bust out. 

Defensively he is an adventure, and most of his errors seem to come on the routine play where lapses of concentration lead to poor footwork and errant throws.  There is concern for his weight as he gets older, and there is the chance he could eventually move across the diamond to first base.

After flourishing in the two spot in the batting order after being moved there in 2019, early indications are Devers will be moved to the fourth or fifth spot to provide protection for J.D. Martinez.  Increased flexibility in the Sox lineup after the signings of versatile veterans Marwin Gonzalez and Kik√© Hernadez should give Devers a chance to DH on occasion and give him a break in the field.

 

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