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Rafael Devers

Rafael Devers

For those wanting Rafael Devers to come in and save the day at third base for the Red Sox, it sounds like you’re going to have to wait a while.

Appearing on the Bradfo Sho podcast, Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero offered the reality when it comes to where Devers is in his progression toward becoming a major leaguer.

(18:40) “I don’t know what the plan is for him,” Romero said. “I know he is progressing very well. I think he is where he needs to be. As Dave mentioned last week, and we’ve said in our discussions over the past few days, he’s progressing well. He’s in a good spot. I think [Double-A Portland manager] Carlos Febles and the staff down there has done a great job developing. They know there’s another level to go to Triple-A and then the big league level, so he’s really only two notches away. Maturity. More at-bats. More games for him. And the fact that he’s still refining his approach which is a big thing. Our hitting coach, Lee May, is really emphasizing that with him. We’ve seen some results over the past month or so, or the past two weeks, that are encouraging in that regards where he’s refining his approach. That league knows who he is now, as well. He’s being pitched to difficulty and differently and now it’s his turn to make that adjustment and progress in that.”

Romero also explained that just because Andrew Benintendi made the jump from Double-A to the majors a year ago with some success, the organization isn’t looking at Devers’ situation in the same light.

(20:30) “I agree with that,” said Romero when it was suggested that Benintendi’s scenario was different than Devers because of age and experience. “Benny has played through high school and then he had his two years of college at a major school in probably the best conference of college baseball. Where Raffy comes from the riskiest and hardest to project and the market where he have the least experience before being thrown into professional baseball. We have to remember, he’s still 20 years old. He won’t be 21 until after the season. I know I keep saying it, but he’s in a good place developmentally. There are some things he needs to work on and he knows what those things are and that’s what he’s doing right now.”

So, what is Devers prioritizing?

(21:20) “I think it’s refining the approach,” Romero said. “I think that’s the biggest thing. He’s never been a guy to strikeout that much, but he also hasn’t walked that much. I think that’s one thing that more than walks or strikeouts, handling what pitchers are giving you and making sure you’re swinging at pitches you can do damage with. That’s something, especially at a young age, without that many minor league at-bats, he continues to work on. I think he knows the importance of that and that will only improve his numbers. That will allow to get to his power more. And I think that’s been the area of concentration for him. And I know chatting with him, he’s always working on his defense, as well. Whether it’s positioning, what he can get to with his range and coming in on balls and accuracy of his throws. That’s always on his mind, as well. It’s not always just about the bat.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-18): L, 8-4 (12 innings), at Scranton W/B

Brian Johnson had another strong outing Monday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Brian Johnson had another strong outing Monday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-18): L, 8-4 (12 innings), at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox lost on a walkoff grand slam off Brandon Workman with one out in the bottom of the 12th. It was the first batter Workman faced after Chandler Shepherd exited the game with the bases loaded. The game got to extra innings when Blaine Boyer allowed a run in the ninth inning to pick up a blown save.

— Three members of the PawSox had multi-hit games, including Steve Selsky, Sam Travis and Dan Butler. Selsky hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning.

— Brian Johnson delivered another solid start, as the left-handed allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings while scattering seven hits, walking three and striking out six. His ERA is now 2.92 on the year and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his seven starts.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (17-14): Scheduled off-day

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (24-13): L, 9-5, vs. Fredrick

— Salem led 5-4, but allowed five runs from the seventh inning on to take the loss. Gerson Bautista took the loss, as he allowed three runs in two innings of work. Starter Matt Kent was effective, as he allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings, while walking one and striking out four.

— Third baseman Michael Chavis paced the offense going 2-for-5 with a double and a RBI. He’s batting .333 on the year.

— Besides Chavis, the Red Sox had three other extra-base hits, including doubles from Austin Rei, Bryan Hudson and Trenton Kemp.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (24-12): W, 9-6, at Delmarva

— The two teams combined for five homers, but the Drive came away with a three-run win thanks to six unanswered runs to close the game out.

— Santiago Espinal, Tyler Hill and Tucker Tubbs all homered in the win. It was Hill’s fourth of the season.

— Algenis Martinez picked up the win by tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Drew Pomeranz was hopeful he wouldn’t have to miss a start. After getting the results of Monday’s MRI, he might have a chance.

Pomeranz, who exited his start Sunday afternoon after just three innings due to left triceps stiffness, underwent an MRI at Mass General Hospital. According to the Red Sox, the exam showed no changes when compared to previous studies.

Drew Pomeranz

Drew Pomeranz

Drew Pomeranz was hopeful he wouldn’t have to miss a start. After getting the results of Monday’s MRI, he might have a chance.

Pomeranz, who exited his start Sunday afternoon after just three innings due to left triceps stiffness, underwent an MRI at Mass General Hospital. According to the Red Sox, the exam showed no changes when compared to previous studies.

The lefty had experienced soreness in his triceps during spring training, setting his progress back enough for Pomeranz to start to the regular season on the 10-day disabled list. But since making his first start, the pitcher hasn’t missed any time until Sunday.

Pomeranz is 3-3 in his seven starts, totaling a 5.29 ERA. In Sunday’s start, he allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while throwing 57 pitches.

If he is to make his next scheduled start, it would come in Oakland, Friday night.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The move back to the lead off spot has clearly paid off for Mookie Betts.

Betts went on a tear last week and because of it was named the American League Player of the Week for the week ending on Sunday.

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

The move back to the lead off spot has clearly paid off for Mookie Betts.

Betts went on a tear last week and because of it was named the American League Player of the Week for the week ending on Sunday.

The right fielder hit .375 (9-for-24) with eight runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and a stolen base over six games to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award. His first came last June. The 24-year-old finished the week first in RBI, total bases (22), extra-base hits (7) and slugging percentage (.917).

This is the Red Sox’ first weekly award since Hanley Ramirez took home AL weekly honors last season (September 18).

Overall, Betts is batting .296 with six home runs and 25 RBI this season.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero, the man who had a huge hand in signing top prospect Rafael Devers, joins Rob Bradford to talk all things Devers. Romero explains how the organization locked up the talented third baseman, detailing how he has progressed to this point and how long it might be until the 20 year old becomes a major leaguer.

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Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero, the man who had a huge hand in signing top prospect Rafael Devers, joins Rob Bradford to talk all things Devers. Romero explains how the organization locked up the talented third baseman, detailing how he has progressed to this point and how long it might be until the 20 year old becomes a major leaguer.

[0:01:44] ... we're coming off the great podcast of Michael Holley talking about it David Ortiz book. And in what we did now is rebates I grabbed Eddie ribeiro assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox off Dave Lewis. And there's no better person you talked the doubt the guy that everybody wants to talk about. For the ...
[0:02:29] ... who had a huge. Huge. Pin in helping bring devers to the Boston Red Sox organization back in 2013. And now it's part of the decision making process in terms of have been inclined the latter. All ...
[0:16:25] ... four weeks I'm not mistaken before we called him up to the Gulf Coast League and he continued. There that was just the inspectors went to show you that it would it was different. When two teams ...
[0:22:39] ... and Eddie Romero the view original Gator. Right date in with the Boston Red Sox obviously the straw that stirred the drink when they made their 1986. World Series Rhein has a youngster with what what was ...






The Red Sox say they're committed to fostering a safe environment at Fenway Park. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Sox say they’re committed to fostering a safe environment at Fenway Park. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Red Sox ushers are going to look a little different for the rest of the season.

This past home stand against the Rays, Fenway Park staff members wore “kind” and “respectful” pins. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, they’ll be sporting them for all future home games as well.

The decision to have Red Sox security personnel wear the pins comes on the heels of two reported racial incidents at the ballpark. Two weeks ago, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones said the N-word was directed at him a “handful” of times. One night later, the Red Sox banned a fan for life for directing a racial epithet towards another person in the stands.

In an interview last week on WEEI’s “Two Outs” podcast, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said the team is committed to enforcing its zero tolerance policy against hateful language at Fenway Park.

“I don’t worry about it being a slippery slope. It’s the club’s right. We plan on doing it,” he said. “We have an obligation and a responsibility to make sure people who come to Fenway Park, regardless of your religion, your race, your sexual orientation, you feel comfortable at Fenway. That is our job. We need to be held accountable for that. That’s something that’s really important to John Henry, Tom Werner and to me and to the members of our front office. We want our fans to let us know if they feel uncomfortable. Nobody should feel intimidated by coming to a baseball game at Fenway Park. This is a place to come and relax and enjoy and feel comfortable. That’s what I worry about.”

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer