Rafael Devers is a professional sportsman and a Major League Baseball player. He is the third baseman of the Boston Red Sox and is considered the best left-handed and right-handed player on the baseball field.
Devers ranked sixth overall in the top 50 international contenders and has been reported by some scouts as the best left-handed player on the international market. At 21, he became the youngest player to hit a Grand Slam in a Red Sox Yankees game.
Rafael Devers Biography and Age
Born as Rafael Devers Calcaño, the age of the third baseman is determined by his date of birth, which is October 24, 1996. His birthplace is the province of Sánchez Ramírez in the Dominican Republic, where he grew up.
There is no information about his parents yet, but he has a cousin, José Devers, who is also a professional baseball player. His interest in sports began at a very young age, and at the age of 16, in August 2013, the Boston Red Sox signed Rafael Devers as a freelancer.
Ranked sixth in the top 50 international prospects in the overall ranking, Red Sox Devers signed a $1.5 million deal as a 16-year-old freelance agent. He started in the smaller leagues and made his debut on May 31, 2014, at the rookie club of the Dominican Summer League Red Sox.
During his time in the league, he played all 28 games and reached base in almost every game. In eight games, he achieved a batting average of 0.467, beat 0.800, and continued to increase his score as he led the DSL Sox with three home runs, a slash line of 0.337/.445/.538, and 21 RBI.
Devers moved up to the Gulf Coast League Red Sox of the Rookie Class GCL. It was recognized that his .983 on-base plus slugging stats were a rare occurrence at DSL level and his .533 slugging average has surpassed the mark for an everyday Red Sox player since 2005.
His overall score for the 2014 season was .322/.404/.506 Line 57 RBI and 7 home runs in 70 games at two sub-league levels. He also finished third in the GCL with .36 RBI, as well as a place in the top 10 with a batting average of .312, improving his MLB Red Sox rankings from 13th to 5th.
Devers was appointed to the GCL Postseason All-Stars Team 2014 to finish the season. He was selected for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game after joining the Low-Class A Greenville Drive in 2015. It was later announced that the Dominican will be added to the world team list in the All-Star Futures Game.
This was followed by an invitation from the Boston Red Sox to participate in their 2016 spring training, whereupon he was promoted to the regular season of the High-A Salem Red Sox. At that time his MBL rating as a Red Sox player climbed to 2nd place and 14th overall.
In the 2017 season, he advanced to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on July 24, 2017, where he made 2 home runs and scored .400 in 9 games. Meanwhile, he started the season game with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and scored 18 home runs in 77 games.
The dismissal of former franchise player Pablo Sandoval created room for the Devers to advance to the Boston Red Sox. With a home run in the game against the Seattle Mariners, he scored his first big league hit. He finished the regular season (2017) with 0.284 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in 58 games. He had a share of .906 stakes in 56 games at third base.
Devers hit his first Grand Slam in his career on April 18th in a game against the Los Angeles Angels, ending the 2018 season as a regular third baseman for the Red Sox. This was followed by a second grand slam against the New York Yankees on June 30th, making him the youngest player to hit a grand slam in a Red Sox Yankees game that night at the age of 21 and 249 days.
His triple home win in the 6th inning in Game 5 of the ALCS 2018 became the deciding factor for his team to be sent to the World Series.
Height and Weight
Dever’s height and weight are measured at 1.83 (6 feet) and 95 kg (210 lb) respectively. He is nicknamed “Babyface” but has the height of the Major League, which helps him to be competitive in the MLB.
Other Facts About Rafael Devers
Batting average: .254
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during the 2017 season.
Pro debut: July 25, 2017, at age 20-274 days as 19,073rd in MLB history
1. In 2018, Raphael Devers was ranked 16th in the MLB at the age of 22.
2. At 20 years and 265 days, he was the youngest Boston Red Sox to hit a home run since 1965. He broke another record as the youngest MLB player (at 20 years and 350 days) when he hit an Inside-the-Park home run in the off-season.
3. Devers suffers a DL with a left hamstring strain that kept him on the disabled list from July 29 to August 8. Out of love for the game and because he recovers so quickly, he said he could return in less than 10 days.