Devers will start in Boston's game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. The 20-year-old will arrive in the majros a little over a week after debuting in Triple-A for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
In nine Triple-A appearances, Devers batted .400 with two home runs and four RBI. He spent the bulk of his year with Boston's Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, where he had 18 homers, 56 RBI and a .300/.369/.575 slash line.
MLB.com's Daren Willman highlighted his ability to hit to all fields:
Daren Willman @darenw
.@RedSox Rafael Devers base hit spray chart this season... Beautiful🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/LrzjThv9UE2017-7-23 22:17:26
NESN's Tom Caron and WEEI's Ryan Hannable offered differing viewpoints on Devers joining the Red Sox:
Tom Caron @TomCaron
Love that Dombrowski is calling up Rafael Devers. He's hit at every level. #RedSox need a jolt of energy and help at 3B. Devers brings both.2017-7-23 22:08:51
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable
Re: Devers promotion, seems like a panic move by the Red Sox. He's just 20 years old and has a lot of work to do, especially on defense.2017-7-23 22:12:00
There's no question the Red Sox need help at third base. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Boston's collective WAR from the hot corner (-1.9) is tied for second-worst in the majors. The team abandoned any hope of a resurrection from Pablo Sandoval by releasing him three years into the five-year deal he signed in 2014.
When Xander Bogaerts got called up at 20 years old in 2013, he had played 60 games for Pawtucket. Mookie Betts, who debuted when he was 21, had 45 Triple-A games under his belt. Their relatively speedy promotions to the majors didn't hinder their development. Bogaerts helped the Red Sox win a World Series in 2013, while Betts has become one of the best outfielders in the league.
Still, relying on a 20-year-old with little experience beyond Double-A can be risky, especially for a team leading its division.