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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: RAFAEL DEVERS SHOWING HE IS THE REAL DEAL

It has been a great week for Boston Red Sox rookie third baseman Rafael Devers and it is only Tuesday.  After all that designation works when he spent Sunday hitting a game-winning home run off New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and then spent Monday cracking two more bombs versus the Cleveland Indians.  So now with 16 games in the bank at the ripe old age of 20, Devers currently has 6 home runs, 12 RBI, and a .339 average.  Pretty darn good wouldn't you say?  And of course all of this followers Devers going nuts in the minor leagues to the tune of a .300 average at Double-A with 18 home runs and 56 RBI, followed by a quick 9-game stint at Triple-A where he added another two bombs and a .400 average.  So if your keeping count, that is 26 home runs on the season across three levels, plus an average well north of .300.  Again at the age of 20.  Silly stuff and it just goes to show how incredible a prospect Devers is and how if he continues at this pace throughout the remainder of the season, will likely be the latest midseason call-up as a rookie to go right to early round draft status in fantasy baseball the following year.  About the only knock you can place on Devers is that he doesn't steal bases but we don't need him to given how awesome a stick he possesses.  Throw in the prowess of Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi and the Red Sox certainly know how to bring along young hitting.  So for those lucky enough to have some Devers shares this season, both the present and the future look very promising.






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