The Red Sox are wasting no time getting prized prospect Rafael Devers into the starting lineup.
The 20-year-old third baseman, who just got called up to Boston on Sunday, is expected to start Tuesday night, according to ESPN. His first game comes against the Mariners and ace Felix Hernandez.
Welcome to the big leagues, kid.
MLB.com rates Devers the No. 4 MLB prospect. ESPN rates him No. 3. Yet some might wonder if the Red Sox are rushing Devers, given he has played only nine games at the Triple-A level.
Devers told ESPN the Red Sox have just told him to have fun.
“I didn’t feel any emotions, really. I just wanted to get here so bad,” Devers said Monday (through an interpreter). “I didn’t even fall asleep on the plane. I was just so excited to get here. The organization has basically just told me to have the Cheap World Baseball Classic Jerseys same fun playing baseball as I’ve always had. And that’s just what I intend to do and how I approach the game.”
Devers hit two home runs and had an OPS of 1.047 in those nine games with Pawtucket, continuing to show he can wield a bat. The Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys left-hander hit 18 home runs with a .944 OPS in 77 games with Double-A Portland this year.
For Red Sox fans wondering what Devers is all about, here’s an excerpt from his scouting report on MLB.com:
When Devers signed, there was some thought that he’d outgrow third base and wind up at first base, but he worked diligently on his defense and conditioning. He has the hands and arm for the hot corner, and his underrated instincts give him enough range to make plays.”