In a year without much to celebrate for the Boston Red Sox, third baseman Rafael Devers has emerged as one of the best corner infielders in the game.
Devers clubbed his AL-best 54th double this season, and this latest two-bagger was hit No. 200 for Devers on the season. Playing for a franchise that spawned Ted Williams and Carl Yaztremski, Devers somehow became the youngest player in franchise history to reach the 200 hit plateau.
In addition to his 200 hits, Devers hit .308 with 32 home runs and 115 RBI, as he helped keep the Boston offense humming despite declines from Mookie Betts, JD Martinez, and Andrew Benintendi.
The Red Sox might want to cut payroll this offseason, but management has discussed giving Devers a contract extension, which should be the biggest vote of confidence imaginable given the state of the team.
Devers has become an elite offensive player this season, and should man the hot corner in Boston for the forseeable future.