Portland, Maine - Portland Sea Dogs third baseman Rafael Devers has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week (week of May 1-7), announced by the league office earlier today.
Devers hit .440 (11-for-25) with 4 homers and 10 RBI during a seven-game stretch. The award is the first for a Sea Dogs position player since Andrew Benintendi took home the award for the week of July 25-31, 2016.
Last week was a series of firsts for Devers in Double-A. The Dominican native tied career-highs with 5 hits and 2 homers on May 2nd at Hartford. Devers hit his first Double-A grand slam on May 6th against Reading at Hadlock Field.
In addition, Devers led all Eastern League players in home runs (4), slugging percentage (.920), and OPS (1.420) last week and tied for the league lead in RBIs (10) and total bases (23). He also ranked among the weekly leaders in runs scored (9-2nd), extra-base hits (4-tied 3rd), hits (11-4th), batting average (.440-7th), and on-base percentage (.500-tied 7th).
Entering Monday night's game against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Devers is hitting .322 (28-for-87), tied for 4th in the league with 6 homers and 17 RBI.
Devers entered 2017 ranked the #2 Prospect (18th overall in the minor leagues) in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America. Boston signed Devers as an international free agent on August 9, 2013 (16 years old).
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