The Portland Sea Dogs have one of the hottest properties in the minor leagues - and he’s legit. Rafael Devers dominated Double A last week hitting .440 with 4 homers and 10 RBI. Unsurprisingly, this earned him the Play of the Week status for the first week of May.
Does this bring him closer to the majors where the Red Sox are awaiting stability at third base? Probably not. But it’s nice to see that an internal solution is on his way to claiming a job through success!
.@Rafael_Devers named Eastern League Player of the Week! Congrats Rafael. https://t.co/zhO6GOQ0NH pic.twitter.com/DZMWY9J0cP— Portland Sea Dogs (@PortlandSeaDogs) May 8, 2017
Brian Johnson has had the luxury of a few major league appearances...but they haven’t been great. He hasn’t given up, though. The compensation pick for Jonathan Papelbon’s departure, Johnson tossed eight innings against the Syracuse Chiefs allowing just two hits and one run. This is his second time serving as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week, the other coming in April 2015.
With Stephen Wright injured and Kyle Kendrick unimpressive in his first Boston start a string of good outings could find Johnson back in Fenway.
Help us congratulate PawSox Lefty @Brian_Johnson35 on being named International League Pitcher of the week! https://t.co/gmTDrtLC5y pic.twitter.com/lG8prjzXOW— PawSox (@PawSox) May 8, 2017
Former Red Sox farm hand Yoan Moncada took home the Batter of the Week honors. With Chris Sale dominating all opponents, we wish him well in Chicago!