After a mini-tear in the Dominican Summer League, Rafael Devers is headed stateside to play for the Gulf Coast League. In 17 games for the club, Devers hit .379 while boasting a .476 OBP. He clipped three homeruns, three triples and a pair of doubles out of his 25 hits showing a glimpse of his power potential.
All along, it must have been planned that Rafael Devers would play for the GCL team. It is likely that Devers only started the year in the Dominican Republic so that he could get some extra at-bats and reps in the field. Devers spent Spring Training in the states so he has his work visa which made for a smooth transition to the United States.
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In the Gulf Coast League, expect Devers to be the everyday third baseman. Boston kept a spot open for him in the GCL so expect him to see the most reps at third base. Every once in a while, Michael Chavis might see some time at third and when that happens, it is likely that Devers will play at his secondary position: first base.
As a player, Devers is a big-time power prospect. The 17-year-old has arguably the highest upside out of all the Red Sox prospects. At the plate, power is his forte, but he also hits for contact. In the small amount of time he has been exposed to advanced pitching, Devers has fared well, but needs to prove he can make contact with high-speed pitching in a bigger sample size. On defense, obviously Devers has room for improvement, but he has a strong throwing arm which is definitely a plus. He has a lot of time to improve on defense. By the time he is fully matured, Devers should be able to get his defense up to par at third base and should be an impressive defender at first base.
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Overall, this was a good move by Boston. Hopefully this speeds up his progression and allows him to potentially play in low-A full season Greenville next year for the Drive if all goes well. At age 18 in full season baseball if Devers does not turn some heads, then who knows what will?