The Red Sox front office is panicking.
Ten minutes after dropping the rubber match against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Dave Dombrowski reported that the team is promoting prospect Rafael Devers from Pawtucket. It was just Tuesday when Dombrowski indicated that the team would take it slow with Devers, but it appears that nine games at AAA is all he needs.
The Red Sox have a history of rushing prospects; they rushed Xander Bogaerts, they rushed Blake Swihart, they rushed Jackie Bradley Jr., and I’m afraid that now they’re rushing Rafael Devers too. Yes, Andrew Benintendi skipped AAA completely, but he was a more polished player than Devers. He was a college bat that had just won the Golden Spikes, while Devers is a 20-year old with less than 400 PA’s above A-ball.
This move clearly signifies that the Red Sox are taking a stand. They’re no longer going to be players on the third base market, and they are turning to Devers to be the “savior”. There’s no question that the kid can hit, and his bat is more polished than the typical 20-year old. But he is now needed to be much more than that. While fans wanted an established veteran, they’re instead getting a kid that has next to no experience at this level. But he’s no stranger to being the kid. He was the youngest player in the Eastern League at AA this year, he was the third youngest player in Paw-Sox history, and the now-savior of the Red Sox is the youngest player in the MLB.