Red Sox confirm signing of Rafael Devers, three others

Scott McLaughlin
August 09, 2013 - 12:00 pm

When the 2013-14 international signing period began last month, multiple reports indicated that the Red Sox had signed 16-year-old Dominican third baseman Rafael Devers, who was ranked as the third-best prospect in this year's international class by Ben Badler of Baseball America. On Thursday, the Red Sox confirmed that signing as well as three others. They also signed left-handed pitchers Emmanuel DeJesus and Jhonathan Diaz out of Venezuela and center fielder Yoan Aybar from the Dominican Republic. DeJesus, Diaz and Aybar are all 16 as well. One international scout told WEEI's Alex Speier that Devers projects as a middle-of-the-order, run-producing bat with power. Defensively, he has good hands and improving range, which could allow him to stay at third. The scout added that Devers has excellent makeup. Badler discussed Devers on WEEI last month, saying '€œHe'€™s definitely one of the top bats on the market. [He has] a really nice swing. '€¦ It'€™s really short, really compact to the ball, he stays inside the ball and he'€™s got really good bat speed. '€¦ There are guys with bigger power on the market. It'€™s average power right now, average raw power, but you can see the potential for him to have above-average raw power down the road.'€ Click here to hear the rest of Badler's interview, as well as an interview with Red Sox international scouting director Eddie Romero. For our previous reports on DeJesus, Diaz and Aybar, see below: DeJesus and Diaz Aybar