Red Sox Promote Top Prospect Rafael Devers
With a gaping hole at the hot corner and a lack of quality options up for grabs, as the trade deadline looms, the Boston Red Sox have made the decision to call up top prospect Rafael Devers to play third base.
Devers, who had recently been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, has raked over 86 games this season. Between Double-A Lowell and Pawtucket, Devers has put together a solid .311/.377/.578 slash line with 20 homers and 60 RBI.
Offense has never been a question for the 20-year-old, who has compiled a .296/.354/.482 slash line over four professional seasons. His defense, however, lags behind his offensive production.
Boston will learn to live with his defensive questions, however, as the team has rifled through a handful of options so far this season. All of Boston's third basemen this season have combined to slash .227/.280/.320. They also have struggled to find a suitable option ion the trade market that they deem to be reasonably priced.