The young Red Sox third baseman will look to take a step forward in 2019.
While it may not feel that way in most of New England, spring is in the air in Fort Meyers, Florida. Many of the current Red Sox team members have reported for Spring Training and are excited to get the 2019 campaign under way.
As is tradition, there are many “new stories” or reports that come out every year regarding a specific group of players. While it’s early, the primary news story is that Alex Cora has deemed starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, to be in the “best shape of his life.” Of course, this is encouraging news for Red Sox fans that are hoping to see ERod take the next step in his development of becoming a top tier AL East arm.
The Red Sox are also encouraged by third baseman, Rafael Devers, and his effort to slim down. It’s been reported by Chris Cotillo of MassLive and Chris Mason of the Eagle Tribune, that Devers has made a conscious effort to slim down. He mentioned that his DL stints “likely contributed” to his consistent poor eating habits and dietary issues.
A slimmed down Rafael Devers should truly excited Sox fans. Throughout the postseason, the young third baseman showed flashes of his defensive ability and he’ll look to continue that momentum into 2019. It’s hard to imagine that less weight would do anything to harm those chances, but rather improve his range and flexibility.
If a perfect postseason fielding percentage is any indication, the budding star should be on the right track headed into the regular season.
The Red Sox will play their first Spring Training game on February 22nd and should help appease most of the frigid Red Sox Nation.