Devers has slowly accepted the direction of teammates and coaches about being a more patient hitter, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
When Devers made his MLB debut before his 21st birthday, he was a raw, free swinger that got by on natural talent. The next step was for the free-spirited Devers to avoid swinging at bad pitches. The now 22-year-old third baseman has listened and adopted the coaching, and it's important that he doesn't fall back into old habits. "There's a two-way conversation now," hitting coach Tim Hyers said. "It's not just us feeding information to him. So now, as a hitting coach, I'm seeing the progression that we're onto something. That's a really good sign when he came in the other day and said, 'I want to work on this. I expanded in and want to make sure my sights are in this spot.' So he just worked on that for a while. For a young guy to use his time wisely like that. It was really neat to see." Manager Alex Cora has challenged Devers this spring, slotting him third in the batting order. If he's to become the primary three hitter, he knows he needs to control the strike zone and avoid getting himself out. "It would be an honor to hit third, but I have to keep working and show that I deserve to be there," he said. Judging from his spring numbers, Devers appears to have fully accepted what he's being told. He's batting .478 (11-for-23) with a 1.261 OPS. Mar 11 9:08 am (EST)
- Devers went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in Wednesday's game against the Rays.
- Devers hired a nutritionist over the offseason and has focused on improving his conditioning throughout the winter, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. "I feel healthy right now," Devers said in January. "I think I'm in a good place. Last year, I had a lot of injuries and I think it was a product of the weight."
- Devers went 1-for-2 with a sixth-inning three-run homer during Boston's pennant-clinching 4-1 win over the Astros on Thursday. All Rafael Devers (L) News
DRAFT / AUCTION INFO
-AUCTION $ VALUE
2018 SEASON STATS
|Mar 22||W 10 - 6||@ MIN||4||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.000|
|Mar 18||L 4 - 1||@ MIN||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.666|
|Mar 15||L 14 - 1||@ NYY||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.666|
|Mar 14||T 4 - 4||@ DET||3||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.334|
|Mar 07||L 12 - 1||MIN||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.500|
|Mar 06||L 6 - 1||PIT||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mar 04||W 9 - 3||@ NYM||3||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.334|
|Mar 01||L 4 - 3||@ MIN||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Feb 27||L 5 - 4||@ TB||3||3||0||0||1||1||2||0||3.000|
|Feb 24||W 8 - 5||MIN||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
There are no projections available yet please check back soon.
|03:03 PM at CHI||vs ()|
|vs HB|| ||BAA||wOBA|
Cubsvs - ()Tue Mar 26
Marinersvs - ()Thu Mar 28
Marinersvs - ()Fri Mar 29
Marinersvs - ()Sat Mar 30
Marinersvs - ()Sun Mar 31