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Rafael Devers determined to be 'superstar third baseman'

Ryan Hannable
July 24, 2017 - 9:57 pm

After being promoted on Sunday, Rafael Devers is the youngest player in the majors at just 20 years old.

Despite being so young, it doesn't mean the third baseman isn't confident.

"For me the work is never done," he said through a translator to reporters in Seattle. "I just want to learn how to be a superstar third baseman. Everyone tells me the only way to do that is through constant work, just like when you’re hitting you have to do constant work. They told me daily work at third base is going to make a difference, make me the superstar I want to be."

After being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 14, he's hit .400 in nine games. Devers said he was actually expecting to get promoted to the majors soon.

“Of course,” he said. “You work hard to make your dream come true, and that's what I've been doing. When you see that hard work pays off and you get the call, it doesn't surprise me.”

Devers added: "I didn't feel any emotions really. I just wanted to get here so bad. I didn't even fall asleep on the plane. I was just so excited to get here."

The young third baseman is with the Red Sox to give the position a spark, as going into play Monday the position has given the team an American League worst .600 OPS and .320 slugging percentage.

Even with the desperate need for an upgrade, Devers isn't feeling any pressure.

"No pressure," he said. "Like I said before, it's the same baseball for me, and I'm just going to play with the same fun that I've always played it with. So, no pressure but just take it one day at a time as if it's the same baseball."

Devers isn't in the lineup Monday, but likely will be Tuesday when the Red Sox face Felix Hernandez.

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