One of the prospects Miami acquired from the Yankees in the Giancarlo Stanton deal, Devers got off to a torrid start at the plate this year—in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, no less—after adding noticeable muscle through the off-season. I only caught one game of the athletic infielder this year, as he was placed on the IL early in my full-series look at Jupiter.
Devers is a throwback shortstop, unlikely to bring much power to the plate but able to hit, run, field, and throw well enough to potentially fit as a regular at a valuable position. He was one of the youngest everyday players in the South Atlantic League last year, showing the makings of solid bat-to-ball skill but lacking much strength at contact. Devers’ physical gains have started to change that, as his compact swing can now spray hard liners all over the field. His best tools are still on defense, where the 19-year-old shows the first step and easy actions to stick at short. His arm was fringy from the deep hole last year, but added strength has changed that too. I didn’t see him challenged much defensively in this viewing, though the handful of routine throws he did make came out with noticeably crisper life across the dirt.