One of the prospects acquired from the Yankees in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, Devers spent most of last season as one of the youngest regulars in the South Atlantic League as an 18-year-old. He makes lots of contact and has plus speed, giving the offensive ceiling of a tablesetter who hits for average and wreaks havoc on the bases. Devers is undersized and has virtually no present ability to drive the ball; while there’s reason to project on his gap power, he’ll never be a home run threat. He’s above-average with the glove at shortstop, though a fringy present arm is stretched on challenge throws from the deep hole.
Devers will only be 19 next year, so projecting on his arm such that he’ll stay at short long-term is reasonable. In the best-case scenario, he’ll wind up an everyday regular at a premium position. The glove, contact, and wheels allow more floor than most projection teenage prospects, giving fallback scenarios as a solid utility type off the bench.