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Birth Date10-24-1996
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age19 years, 10 months, 6 days
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MLB Statistics

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2014 DRS Rk 28 128 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .386 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 RSX Rk 42 174 .270 .251 .330 .353 .000 .363 97 0.9 3.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.2 2.6 0.4 2.6 0.4
2015 GRN A 115 508 .282 .264 .331 .379 .000 .326 100 11.6 14.0 -2 -9.0 1.6 25.1 1.7 25.1 1.7
2016 SLM A+ 122 523 .289 .261 .332 .392 .271 .329 106 15 14.1 1.1 19.1 -1.3 28.9 5.2 28.9 5.2

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2014 DRS Rk 128 26 35 6 3 3 21 21 20 4 1 .337 .445 .538 .202 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 RSX Rk 174 21 49 11 2 4 36 14 30 1 0 .312 .374 .484 .172 .270 2.6 0.0 0.4
2015 GRN A 508 71 135 38 1 11 70 24 84 3 2 .288 .329 .443 .156 .282 25.1 -9.0 1.7
2016 SLM A+ 523 61 137 32 8 11 71 39 89 16 6 .285 .338 .453 .168 .289 28.9 19.1 5.2

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, JP!! Looks like Rafael Devers has righted the ship after a rough start. Where do you see him fitting into the top 100 prospects and, more importantly, when can we expect to see him in Boston? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
(Billy from Beantown )
Absolutely think Devers can be a top-100 prospect. Given his age and the likelihood that Boston won't wait for Devers to arrive if third base becomes a major issue in the next couple of years, I think May-June 2019 seems to be a reasonable timeline. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Adam. Rafael Devers has had a great 2nd half and is still young (turns 20 in October) for Hi A. Do you see him as a big impact bat, or just an average or slightly above average player?
(Keith from Farmington, CT)
I can see both happening, actually, and the variable it comes down to is how well he develops the mental aspect of his approach. He's got all the hitting tools in the world in terms of bat-speed and size, ability to still drive the ball with power even if he's working inside out. There's no question that he'll put swings on the ball sometimes that are very impressive for his age and level of the minors. It's been enthusing to see him continue to get better as the year has progressed going up against older guys.

If the bat holds up a little bit, it will be because of an over-aggressive approach that gets itself out with inability to track secondary pitches. I've also seen some struggles against lefties all season long, though overall he's kept his strikeout rates fairly low. (Adam McInturff)
2016-08-15 22:00:00 (link to chat)Something caught my eye on Rafael Devers' player page...his overall batting line remains virtually the same this year as it was in 2015 (even with his move up a level). BUT...his FRAA is significantly higher this year....do scouting reports support this regarding a marked improvement in his defense? I know there are some concerns about his ability to stick on 3B, if there has been an improvement, that is a really big boost to his profile.
(JoshC77 from Not working)
I'd urge at least a handful of salt grains re: minor league fielding metrics, as field quality, positioning, and general development curves are extremely non-standard. That said, he's started to grow into his body some this year and there's enough athleticism to suggest that he can continue giving it a go at the hot corner for the foreseeable future. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can we attribute to the struggles of Anderson Espinoza and Rafael Devers? Is it just youth or something else alarming and do you expect them to both bounce back? Thank you
(BoDaddy14 from Bawston)
Baseball is really, really hard. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)Rafael Devers finally picking it up this month. Do you still see him being a future stud?
(Mark from Dc)
Yep. He's fine. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Top prospect in 2017, 2018, & beyond?
(FutureIsNow from Right Here)
2017: Yoan Moncada
2018: Rafael Devers
2019: Gleyber Torres (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Top Prospect in 2018? 2019?
(Dwayne from B Town)
I gave this answer earlier but I'll repeat it:

2017: Yoan Moncada
2018: Rafael Devers
2019: Gleyber Torres (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the 5 best players in A ball not named Victor or Yoan (since he's called up anyways)?
(Rawnie from Boston)
Rafael Devers, Gleyber Torres, Ian Happ, Bobby Bradley, Cornelius Randolph (obligatory homer pick) (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Red Sox need pitching. The Braves are willing to deal Julio Teheran. I didn't realize how long Teheran was under control and how cheap he is, relative to what pitchers are getting on the market now. What type of package would the Red Sox have to give up for him?
(Bryan from Boston)
Note that I am *awful* at building fake trade packages.
That being said, I've also had Teheran in my head as someone that the Red Sox (and the Dodgers) could trade for. He's a good-but-not-great young arm with years of control, so he'll cost more than you think. Coppy and Hart will likely try to squeeze someone like Rafael Devers or Michael Kopech out of this deal. Whether or not Dombrowski balks at that is another matter. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you secretly enjoying the early season struggles of Rafael Devers?? Any long term concerns??
(Billy from Beantown)
Hah, I don't enjoy many people struggling. He's only 19, so I think you can wait a couple years before freaking out. Pitchers tend to do this sometimes. (Kenny Ducey)
2016-05-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sam, thanks for the chat. Any idea what's causing the early season struggles of Rafael Devers?? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
(Billy from Beantown)
Age and level (Sam Miller)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson - 12 team 5x5 root dynasty, 10 player minor league system... Ian Happ is currently a free agent. I have no one to drop, my bottom few guys are Lewis Brinson, Sean Manaea, Rafael Devers, and Byron Buxton. Would you suggest trying to move a couple of them together for someone to make room for Ian or no? I am very bullish on Manaea, I know he's the easy answer to move. What are your thoughts on my situation and Happ's ceiling? Thank you.
(TrickDaddy14 from Yompton)
I've liked watching Happ hit since the Cape a couple summers ago, and especially if he stays at 2B as the Cubs seem committed to trying, I really like him as a dynasty asset. I get that you like Manaea, but in a league that shallow I'd strongly prefer Happ. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Matthew!! Rafael Devers appears to be struggling at Hi A Salem. Can you shed any light on his performance to date?? Any long term concerns surfacing?? Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!
(Billy from Beantown)
I can't; sorry. I've seen the numbers, but don't know enough about the player or the actual play to speak with authority. Ask Craij? (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-01-27 19:00:00 (link to chat)If you could choose any 3 for a dynasty league who would you choose between Brendan Rodgers, AJ Reed, Bradley Zimmer, Victor Robles, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers? Note the scorable categories are singles, doubles, triples, HR, RBI, runs, batting avg, OBP, SBs. 10 team only 50 minor league keepers total in the league, so general value ceiling over floor. Thanks!
(Rusty Greer from Texas)
Rodgers, Robles and Zimmer for me, with Devers right there as well. I could see Reed being swapped in if you want someone closer to the majors, too. But just based on upside I'd leave him out. (Matt Collins)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Shallow OBP dynasty league. I like my team's chances going into next year. Due to trades last year, I have the 2nd pick in this years draft. Do I spend my pick on Stroman or Matz, even though they probably would be my 6 best starter, or draft high upside prospects like Anderson Espinoza, Rafael Devers, or Victor Robles to sit on. Depth isn't a bad thing, but those guys won't be around in the 2nd after their breakout years.
(Alex from CA)
Stroman......Matz....................................the rest of those guys. Always take the best player in the first round and worry about roster construction later, especially when the best player is in the major leagues and the others are in the low minors. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Mauricio, I've been hearing a lot about Rafael Devers. What's his likely progression to Fenway?? Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
(Billy from Beantown)
Eventually a move over to first base will be discussed because Devers lacks the athleticism to stick at third base. That's fine though because his bat is ridiculous and loaded with power. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lots of fast risers on this list. Who are some of your best bets for continuing their ascent to the top of this list or to the majors this season? Is it high tool types such as Manuel Margot or Nick Williams or more polished types like an Aaron Nola?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas, USA)
I can't imagine Nola goes a whole lot further up, mainly because he'll probably be in the majors before the season is out. This could easily be his last list.

Margot is a candidate to rise, as is his fellow organization-mate Rafael Devers. That guy may have the best hit tool/power combo on this list. Williams has also made great strides this season, showing a rare improvement in his approach and patience and even converting me. I've been one of the most outspoken guys against Williams in the past simply because we almost never see this kind of change from a guy this far into his development, but far be it for me to ignore it when it happens and kudos to Williams for figuring it out, at least to some extent. I'm in. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank the Greenville infielders in order of wishing they were Phillies: Michael Chavis, Rafael Devers, Mauricio Dubon, Javier Guerra, and Yoan Moncada? (I put them in alphabetical order for you to avoid any cognitive bias based on how they initially appeared)
(Steve from Phila)
Love this question. I'll take Devers, Moncada, Guerra, Chavis, Dubon. I love Devers. He's got that innate bat speed and barrel feel I was talking about earlier. It's just natural and pure. Mondada is great for the obvious reasons we've talked about. I also love Guerra. He's a stud and a legit big league shortstop defensively, and he has more pop than you'd expect from his thin frame. I've seen him go out opposite field and it's impressive.

It's too bad the Red Sox have played themselves out of the need for Cole Hamels, because that's a system deep enough for the Phillies to make their demands and actually have them obliged. (Jeff Moore)
2015-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'll be in greenville tonight, anything I should keepan eye on at the game?
(teddy from lexington)
For starters, check out my reports on the following players:

Rafael Devers http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=217
Javier Guerra http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=214
Michael Chavis http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=220
Mauricio Dubon http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=213
Dedgar Jimenez http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=257

One thing I am specifically intrigued by is the progression of Devers at 3B. How is the footwork? Is the first step lagging and lacking the instinctual necessity for a ball down the line? Is it choppy and causing him to be out of position when he attempts to field a ball? Those were my issues when I watched him play, and could ultimately push him to 1B if there are not improvements. Im likely on the lower end of the spectrum with his defense, but I am not alone. Ive talked with scouts about his defense and the opinion has generally been split.

Oh, and check out that guy Yoan Moncada. Unfortunately, I missed him by a week. (Tucker Blair)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Has Rafael Devers' slow start slowed down the love train for him or is this not indicative of his potential?
(Basil from Killeen)
Nope. He's an 18-year old hitting .286 in full-season ball. There's nothing wrong with this. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis: have you seen them? Who will become the better hitter? Thanks.
(CyMature from Cooperstown Retirement Home)
I will see them soon (I am hoping). If I had to answer this one, I would guess Devers. (CJ Wittmann)
2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)Nomar Mazara vs Rafael Devers, who would you rather. For fantasy purposes of course.
(Harold from The Studio)
Mazara by 3 Gallo home runs laid end to end. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Do you love Rafael Devers as much as I do? (you don't)
(Shawn from Office)
I don't think I do, but I do really like him. (Jim Walsh)
2015-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you as high on Rafael Devers as everyone else in the industry?
(Sammy from Salem)
Oh yes. Very much so. Bat speed is impressive, and he could have a few 60's when it's all said and done. It wouldn't shock me if he rose fast through the system, too. The Red Sox have no reason to rush him, though. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Triple slash line for Rafael Devers at his peak?
(Mike from Boston)
At his very best? 300/350/470. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)Rafael Devers fantasy upside, as good as anyone in the minors right now, not named Bryant?
(Brent from Chicago)
Nope. I don't think I'd even have him in the top-10 in pure upside. Still super exciting though. (Bret Sayre)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Al! Have you seen Rafael Devers in person? Do you think he can develop into one of best pure hitters in minors?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I have not seen Devers, but the reports I've gotten have been pretty impressive. I love seeing young guys with great hands like that, though. Great hands, bat speed and a feel for squaring up the ball usually end up translating to a top prospect. It's like when a young pitcher throws strikes and misses bats. Do those two things and you're pretty much on a fast track to the high minors. (Al Skorupa)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)For the resident RedSox expert.....There is a lot of growing hype on Rafael Devers. Tell me about this "star" prospect.
(Gattaca!!! from Bean Bag)
Really exciting power/hit tool combo, very far away from the majors, not a lock to stay at 3B. The fact that he's six years old and already on a bunch of top-100 lists should tell you all you need to know about his upside. If he falters in 2015 and someone bails on him, he'd be a great buy-low guy. Potential top-5 fantasy 3B, but again, we're ages away from that. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)What prospect is going to have the biggest explosion up the prospect boards this year: Matt Olsen, Amed Rosario, Rafael Devers, or some other prospect altogether?
(Slick Rick from The Ruler)
Olson just left the Cal League so if anything, his status will probably take a hit when he posts more pedestrian numbers in Double-A. I think Devers has a chance to near top-50 status if he really rakes in the low minors, and at this point theres not much reason to think he wont. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)If you were not concerned about the ETA, rank these players in a dynasty league: Manuel Margot, Jonathan Singleton, Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Devers and Steven Moya. Why?
(Douglas from a dynasty draft)
Not trying to be difficult, but there really isn't any way to answer this and balance out risk/foor without ETA. If you're asking me in terms of pure upside, let's go Devers, Singleton, Margot, Nimmo, Moya. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)I have heard a lot of good things about Rafael Devers. What can you tell me about him? Do you think he will develop into an elite prospect?
(Brian from Boston)
I'm not going to toss around the word "elite" with Devers, or many prospects for that matter. Devers has a chance to have an extreme offensive profile that includes average and power, and if he can find enough defensive chops to stay on the dirt at third base, he could be an infielder with monster offensive potential. I'm a big fan and see him as a guy that will be considered one of the top 25-30 prospects in the game by the end of 2015. (Mark Anderson)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Which low a prospect do you believe will make the most impact: Franchy Cordero, Amed Rosario, Rafael Devers, other of your choice?
(Rich from Maryland)
As much as I may drive the Amed Rosario bandwagon, I'll go with Devers here. His offensive tools are more developed and I think he could be primed for a larger breakout in 2015. (Mark Anderson)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Rafael Devers the Red Sox 3B of the future?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Way too early for that talk in my opinion. I'm obviously high on him and have liked what I have seen from him, but there's a ways to go with the overall game. He has a fighting chance to stick at the hot corner in my opinion, but very well may end up on the other side of the diamond. The early qualities of a future major-leaguer are there and definitely a rising prospect to be excited about for sure though. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Rafael Devers the Red Sox 3B of the future?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Way too early for that talk in my opinion. I'm obviously high on him and have liked what I have seen from him, but there's a ways to go with the overall game. He has a fighting chance to stick at the hot corner in my opinion, but very well may end up on the other side of the diamond. The early qualities of a future major-leaguer are there and definitely a rising prospect to be excited about for sure though. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)If Rafael Devers, Eloy Jimenez, and Gleyber Torres were available in the 2015 draft, how high would they be ranked? How do they compare with recent high schools draftees (Jackson, Frazier, Meadows, etc.)?
(Kevin from DC)
It's a good question I can't really answer right now. I don't think they'd top the lists, exactly but it's hard to say since they've also had the benefit of pro ball. Devers or Torres would rank highest, based on polish and positional value, I'd guess, but I'd still be looking at guys like Matuella above them. Still, we're so far out from the draft, that I don't think it's particularly useful to rank draft guys at present. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Does Rafael Devers have the type of talent to bat in the middle of a good lineup? Does he have the chance to jump into the top 20 of a list like this?
(gatz75 from Tampa)
Yes, without question. It takes a lot for a rookie-level corner bat (without defensive certainty) to break into the 101. He has "best in the minors" upside with the stick. (Top 101 Chat)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Please make me feel warm and forget the snow by telling me how great Rafael Devers will be!! Winter can't end soon enough!!
(Billy from Boston)
I hear you on the winter, Billy. I have about 5 feet of snow sitting outside my window here just outside of Boston.

I don't want to get too far ahead of things with Devers, but he already shows a maturity level indicative of a player with more experience and I really like the way he can go the other way with authority. The jury is out on whether he sticks at third, but the upside with the bat can more than mitigate for a shift across the diamond down the line. We ranked him number 5 in a stronger Red Sox system and as a firm Top 101 prospect. There was never any doubt he was going to make the list heading into the process. (Top 101 Chat)
2015-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)My fantasy league partner just add Rafael Devers.Much like most of our adds I have no idea who this guy is. Can you give me some info?
(Clark from Insurance Class)
One of the more exciting low-minors bats in the game. Natural hitter that could develop into an impact bat for average and power. Might not be a factor until 2019, and ultimate position is still up in the air, but it's a really fun profile and a really impressive offensive talent. Mellen's write-up more than did him justice:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25119 (NL West Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard some great things about Rafael Devers. Does he have superstar potential? Will he be the best player in the Carolina League next year? I look forward to seeing him in Salem.
(Nick from Virginia)
It's a long way to go still, but he was one of the top international signees and, among that class, had one of the best debuts. The best debut? Maybe? I'm not sure. He won't be the best player in the Carolina League--so, so young if he's there--but he'll be one of the half-dozen to go out of your way to see. (Sam Miller)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Rafael Devers? Does he have the talent/tools to become a top 10 prospect down the road? Would he be a serious candidate for #1 overall pick in the 2015 draft if he were eligible?
(Chris from Boston)
Devers is really good, particularly for a player of his age. His offensive projection is mammoth and if the body develops in a positive way and he finds a solid defensive home, then he's a potential All-Star caliber bat. The internal discussions on the player were really strong in our Red Sox ranking debate, and he could be a guy that really flies up the prospect lists, peaking in the top 10-15 in baseball over the next couple of years. Devers is a name that is going to be really, really well known in a very short amount of time. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Of the young hitters in the low minors, who has the highest ceiling? Are there any "franchise" type players with elite ceilings?
(Drew from Washington, DC)
I won't suggest there are elite ceilings out there among the hitters in the lowest levels of the minors, as that's a pretty special player, but there are some really incredible players at the lowest levels....a guy like Rafael Devers has game-changing potential. Someone like Alex Jackson could be a beast. Eloy Jimenez carries a ton of risk but is really talented and could be the type of power prospect that is rare in today's game. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Bret tweeted that Rafael Devers may be the best J2 bat since Sano. Does Devers have that type of offensive potential?
(Chris from Baltimore)
I've touched on Devers a couple of times tonight....bottom line, yes, he does have that type of potential. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Rafael Devers? What is his ceiling? Does he have the tools/talent to become a top 10 prospect?
(Chris from Baltimore)
One guy I haven't seen yet, but it's hard to talk to anyone within the industry down in FL that isn't gushing over him. The ceiling is very high, and the bat could make him a serious candidate for a top prospect. Some people are not sold on him defensively, but if he hits, I wouldn't worry about that. I am hoping the Sox jump him to Greensboro next season so I can watch him. (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do prefer out of Rafael Devers and Manuel Margot?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
The reports on Margot are very strong, but I haven't seen him in person. I did see Devers, and he's a stud. He's going to hit a ton. If he was a high school senior this year in the states he'd be a possible number one overall pick. I don't know if he'll outgrow 3B or not because who the heck knows how a teenager's body is going to grow, but even if he ends up at 1B, he'll hit enough for it. SO i guess I prefer Devers just because I've seen him, but that's not fair to Margot, who gets rave reviews too. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat) Sure this is a common question. Which low level minor leaguer takes that huge leap into super prospect that seems to happen every year
(Ken from Cleveland)
Could see that with Leonardo Molina, Jefry Fernandez, Jorge Mateo, or Rafael Devers. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can you tell me about Rafael Devers? I know that he's only 17 and years away from the majors, but does his offensive upside justify keeping him in a 10 team dynasty league? I have one keeper spot for Raimel Tapia, Nick Williams, Lewis Brinson, and Devers. Which of these guys has the highest upside and most potential fantasy value?
(Kevin from Boston)
I can tell you he's advanced for a 17 year old and performed well in his first taste of stateside ball. I like his swing a bunch, but at present he lacks loft/leverage so projecting power could be tricky. If you're anticipating his ability to work those refinements into his game, I think you could make the case he's a top two prospect in a Red Sox system filled with depth but lacking impact. If you think he can't, he's still valuable but not held in the same regard. Pick Nick Williams of those guys. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Nice write up on Rafael Devers on Tuesday!! Where do you think he will play in 2015?? Thanks for the great chats!!
(Billy from Beantown )
I didn't write up Rafael Devers, that was Jeff Moore, I believe. I think he'll be at Low-A; he can handle it. Should be a top 100 prospect. I really like the profile. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Give us some prospects you're higher on than anyone else, so later we can mock/applaud you. Thanks!
(Chris from Michigan)
Still a believer in Clint Frazier. I was on the Jake Thompson/Willy Adames bandwagon pre season. I also like David Dahl a lot. Some other names I like more than others: Leonardo Molina, Rafael Devers, Cameron Varga, Brett Phillips, Kohl Stewart. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-08-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)How excited should we be about Rafael Devers? The kid has done everything, and more, of what was expected of him going into this year. I know he's 17, but are you as excited about him as I am?
(Scott from CT)
Sorry for starting a few minutes late. I had to plug in my computer, part of my devious plan to slowly drain the planet's energy supply. Also I had to re-heat my coffee.

I'm not the prospect guy or even a prospect guy, but I am familiar with Devers. His power is huge and his ceiling is up there with the power, but he's 17 and in the Gulf Coast League. He's a very exciting prospect, but while there is lots of time for things to go right, there is also lots of development left to go wrong. So, to answer the question directly, be as excited as you like, but remember 17 years old means you're looking at, best case, 3-5 years before he even hits the majors and starts making adjustments there. (Matthew Kory)
2014-08-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)How pumped should Boston fans be about the early returns on Rafael Devers?
(mdotmorris22 from Minnesota)
Pumped! (Matthew Kory)


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