The Red Sox are loading up on international talent.
The Red Sox announced Friday that they have signed four international free agents, including third baseman Rafael Devers, who was one of the top-ranked prospects in this year’s international class.
Devers, who turns 17 on Oct. 24, was ranked sixth among this year’s international free agents by MLB.com. He reportedly was considered by some scouts to be the best left-handed hitter available on the market, and his swing and balance at the plate have drawn comparisons to Robinson Cano. Baseball America’s Ben Badler ranked Devers third in this year’s crop of international free agents.
The club also signed left-handers Enmanuel DeJesus and Jhonathan Diaz and center fielder Yoan Aybar. DeJesus was ranked 24th among international free agents by MLB.com, and Baseball American has compared him to current Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront.
Both Devers and Aybar are natives of the Dominican Republic, while DeJesus and Diaz hail from Venezuela.