Fantasy Owners Hoping Devers is the Next Aaron Judge

Jul 25, 2017

Rafael Devers
This late into the season, it is difficult to get good fantasy players because the best players have already been taken and have likely been helping your opponents defeat your team. Despite all the big names being gone, there are still good value players to take this late in the season, thanks to the late season call-ups. If you are interested in betting on the second half of the season, check out the latest MLB lines for the rest of the season.


The one thing about players in the minor leagues is that it sometimes doesn’t matter how well they play in the league. Some players have dominated their peers in the minor leagues but ended up being busts when they get the call to join the majors. While some don’t look like they will do much in the majors and have gone on to have storied careers.


Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is a great example. In the minors, he was a towering figure and did very well. In August, the Yankees called him up but he failed to impress in the big leagues. This year, after learning from his experience last season, Judge is one of the best young players in the game, leading his team in homeruns, RBIs, and batting average.


The Boston Red Sox are hoping for similar success to what their rivals got from Judge. The Red Sox called up third baseman Rafael Devers, who is expected to make his big league debut on Tuesday. While there is no such thing as a sure thing, Devers is apparently as close as it gets.


Devers has been one of the top hitters in the minor leagues this year, and is hitting .305 with 20 homeruns in 85 games. Devers, who is 20-years-old, is also one of the youngest players in the minors.


Scott White’s midseason prospect rankings has Devers as the second best prospect, but he actually ended up beating Amed Rosario, the number one ranked prospect to the majors.


Devers always had a sweet swing, but a few years ago, he didn’t have much power. Now, he’s power has improved and he has become the type of prospect fantasy owners go after because he could end up being the next Aaron Judge.


With Devers making his big league debut on Tuesday, watch for fantasy owners to scramble to get him before others do because players like Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez have made big splashes recently and have given their fantasy owners plenty of points without costing them much.


Will Devers live up to the lofty expectations? It’s honestly way too early to tell. He will likely go through growing pains like most players that get the call up for the first time, but once he has settled into a groove, he could be the next great Red Sox player.


The good news for Devers is he doesn’t have to worry about playing time. The Red Sox released Pablo Sandoval a few weeks ago, and need someone to fill the void at third base. If Devers can prove he belongs in the big leagues, expect him to man third base for the Red Sox for quite some time.

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