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Red Sox promote Rafael Devers to majors

Boston's top prospect only played nine games at AAA before his call-up.

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The Boston Red Sox are promoting third baseman Rafael Devers to the major leagues Monday, as first reported by Ian Browne at Devers is the Red Sox' top prospect and was ranked 6th overall in Baseball America's midseason update.

Devers, 20, only played nine games at AAA Pawtucket where he hit .400/.447/.600, including a 3-4 performance Sunday afternoon. The Dominican will join a Red Sox team that has had atrocious production at the hot corner; Boston's third basemen have combined for a league-worst 54 wRC+ In 2017.

The Red Sox, who have been scouring the third base market, hope that Devers is the long-term solution in Boston. The left-handed slugger is touted as having one of the most talented bats in the minors, though Devers' defense does not receive such high acclaim. While Devers figures to be in the everyday lineup in the bigs, his performance over the next week may influence whether Boston continues to search the market for a third-base upgrade before the deadline.

Devers has hit 20 home runs with 60 RBIs in 86 games across AA and AAA this season. He was selected to the All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park this summer, and went 1-4 in the World Team's 7-6 loss to USA.

In recent Red Sox news, the club released Pablo Sandoval Wednesday after he was DFA'd last week.