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Let’s hope he gets comfortable in the 3-hole."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Red Sox StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Red Sox NewsYahoo Red Sox Team PageYahoo Red Sox ReportYahoo Red Sox Depth ChartYahoo Red Sox TransactionsYahoo Red Sox PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旹xpectations for Rafael Devers in 2019New Logan Morrison Jersey ,1commentLet’s hope he gets comfortable in the 3-hole.EDTShareTweetShareShareExpectations for Rafael Devers in 2019Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsThird basemen Rafael Devers, who one of the most intriguing players on this year’s Red Sox roster, has been scorching hot throughout spring training. The sample size is small, but Devers has batted .395 with a .974 OPS in 32 at-bats. Manager Alex Cora has hit his young third baseman third in the lineup in most games, and has expressed his desire to keep him in that spot during the regular season. That shows a tremendous amount of confidence in the 22-year-old, but is this a good idea? What should we expect from Devers in 2019?When Rafael was called up in mid-2017, he was among the top prospects in all of baseball with a ton of potential in a position of need for that particular Red Sox team. He lived up to his hype, and slashed .284/.338/.482 in 240 plate appearances. Then, he struggled through much of 2018, slashing just 240/.298/.433, in addition to rugged defense. There were certainly some points in the year where he showed the potential he displayed in 2017, but there were also times in which he looked like he needed more time in the minors. FanGraphs had Devers at -13 defensive runs saved, which was quite bottom-tier for third basemen. Despite this, I believe it’s fair to assume much of Devers’ struggles can be attributed to inexperience. At just 22 years old, he has plenty of time and room to grow, and a sophomore slump is expected for most young players. That can be especially true when that sophomore season is also the first full season.Now, J.D. Martinez enters the picture. It’s been reported that the slugger has been working with Devers on his swing. Martinez, who is now famous for changing the direction of his career after adjusting his swing path, also gave Jackie Bradley Jr advice about his swing Orlando Arcia Jersey , which lead to a big ending to the season for the Gold Glove center fielder, including an ALCS MVP. In addition to the help from Martinez, Devers has worked with a strength and conditioning coach, as well as a nutritionist, all offseason to shed weight for 2019. He’s discussed how he made it an extra point to work on his defense this offseason as well. Lastly, it comes down to how much we trust Alex Cora’s evaluation. After his magnificent decision-making throughout last season, especially in the postseason, Red Sox fans should have the utmost faith in Cora’s opinions. Also, last year, in the midst of Rafael’s struggles, Cora was not afraid to platoon him with Eduardo Nunez or move him down the lineup. If Cora is of the belief that Devers has improved enough to bat in the top-third of the lineup, we should all be on board. Given the amount of potential he already has, the number of things he worked on during the offseason, and the vote of Alex Cora, I believe Rafael Devers has all the tools to set him up for a big 2019. MIAMI — Jose Urena and Anthony DeSclafani, who were both part of the Miami Marlins‘ organization in 2014, will face each other on Saturday night.Urena (7-12, 4.21 ERA) signed with the Marlins as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, and he has developed into one of the main arms in the Miami rotation. Saturday will mark his 30th start of the season Jonathan Villar Jersey , a career high.It hasn’t all been glory for Urena, however. After a breakthrough season in 2017 when he went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA, things have flipped this year, mostly due to a lack of run support.Article continues below ...In fact, Urena’s WHIP has improved from 1.273 last year to 1.189 this season.Urena, who is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his only career start against the Reds (2017), is attempting to finish the 2018 season strong. In his past five starts, he has a 2.16 ERA.Meanwhile, DeSclafani is just happy to be healthy. He missed all of 2017 because of surgery on his right elbow and started this season on the disabled list because of an oblique strain on his left side.“It feels great to be out there competing with the guys,” DeSclafani told the media earlier this year.The Marlins traded DeSclafani to the Reds in December 2014, getting pitcher Mat Latos in exchange. DeSclafani hasn’t faced the Marlins since 2016, but he is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in the two times he has battled his former team.On Friday, another former Marlins pitcher, Luis Castillo, dominated Miami by pitching a career-high 8 1/3 innings, not allowing any runs. In two career starts against Miami, Castillo has allowed just one run in 16 1/3 innings.Miami, however, got the last laugh on Friday as rookie outfielder Isaac Galloway hit a one-out , walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Marlins to a 1-0 win over the Reds. It was Galloway’s first career walk-off hit.This series, the final one on Miami’s 2018 home schedule, is tied at one game apiece.Friday’s low-scoring game was not surprising considering the Marlins are last in the majors in runs scored. The Reds are a middle-of-the-pack offensive team, but that is at least partly explained by their smaller home stadium.At spacious Marlins Park, things are different, and indeed the Reds were held to three hits on Friday.In games this season in which the Reds have accumulated three or fewer hits, they are 0-11.The Marlins, meanwhile, have the worst record in the National League and are simply trying to find out who can play and who can’t. Their lineup includes rookies such as third baseman Brian Anderson and outfielders Austin Dean, Mag Sierra, Lewis Brinson and Galloway.In addition, another large group of Marlins hitters are still trying to establish themselves in the majors, including first baseman Peter O’Brien, shortstop JT Riddle and outfielder Rafael Ortega.Miami also had several of their top minor-leaguers at Marlins Park on Friday, allowing them to soak in the atmosphere.“I think we’ve done a nice job this year of blending the minor-league guys with the major-league guys,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “In spring training, we did a lot of that, (and) it’s nice to let them have a look at this ballpark.”

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