Behind the Breakout: Rafael Devers
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
It’s not due to a lack of trying, but this week’s Behind the Breakout will focus on half of the surging left side of the infield in Boston. Rafael Devers continues to rake this year leading the majors with 31 RBI in July becoming the youngest Red Sox to record at least 30 since Ted Williams drove in 36 in August of 1939 (ESPN Stats and Info). Devers also represents one of two American League players with a .305 average, 20 home runs and 75 RBI, the other, teammate Xander Bogaerts .
Homering for the third straight home game, Devers matched his career high in home runs with 21. He’s also in the midst of a six game hit streak during which he’s hitting .333 with eight runs, three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and two walks. Devers, Bogaerts and Mike Trout represent the only three players in the majors with at least 80 runs and RBI. With 40 multi-hit games, Devers owns a .323/.376/.569 slash line along with leading the majors with 169 batted balls with an exit velocity of 95+...