It’s been a couple of months since Rafael Devers‘ name first came up in conjunction with the Red Sox. And as teams get set to try and sign international free agents beginning on July 2, Devers’ name is still very prominent when it comes to the Boston organization.
According to MassLive.com, the Red Sox remain interested in Devers, who is a 16-year-old Dominican third-base prospect.
Scout.com’s Kiley McDaniel wrote back in March that Devers, who is listed at 6-foot and 195 pounds, is the best hitter in this class. According to Perfect Game, Devers “has a very mature feel for hitting.”
At just 16, Devers obviously won’t be taking the field at Fenway Park anytime soon. The international free-agent period is still very important, though. Just look at Xander Bogaerts, who signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2009 and has since become the organization’s top prospect.
“There’s no draft, so obviously there’s a little bit more freedom in that to pursue the guys that you want to pursue, but other teams are pursuing them too,” Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said recently. “But we’re in good shape and our international staff has worked hard. We think we’re in a good position and we’ll be able to bring on some talent on that side, too.”
The Red Sox are hoping to land another player with immense potential this year. Perhaps Devers will be that guy — or kid.
Check out Devers in action below.