At the time they needed another impactful bat in the lineup and Devers provided that through the end of that 2017 MLB season. The value of that season, besides getting some major league experience, was the playoff experience Devers received.
On the big stage at such a young age, the Red Sox phenom was one of the few bright spots in the team’s Divisional Round exit to the Houston Astros.
The next season, Rafael Devers saw some expected struggles. Again, the experience proved beneficiary as he came up with big, clutch hits in the team’s run to a World Series championship.
That brings us to the 2019 season. With consistency at the plate, some pop in his bat and improvement defensively, Rafael Devers has expectantly morphed into one of the top young stars in all of baseball.
In a breakout year, the third baseman finished the season batting .311 with 32 homers and 115 RBI. Not only is he showing he is here to stay, he is proving to be one of the best third baseman in the game. The scary part is he is just 22 years of age and will only get better.