I get it. Boston is a huge market and the center of the sports universe, with the Red Sox right in the thick of things as one of the most successful sports franchises in the past two decades. Big media markets bring a lot of scrutiny and attention to things that simply shouldn't be magnified, like Rafael Devers.
Listen I get it, his glove leaves something to be desired at this point in his career. Let me remind you at this point in his career he is 21 years old. Last year according to the MLB, the average age of a MLB Rookie was 24.5. The glove will be there in time. Obviously the kid is a worker and gifted because he is starting on one of the top teams in Major League Baseball. Honestly if someone like Deandre Jordan can up his FT% 20% from his rookie year anything is possible in sports.
Now lets examine the positives. At almost the 1/4 mark point in the MLB season, the bat is there for a 21 year old. With 24 RBIs and 6 home runs the kid is on pace for close to a 25 hr 100 RBI season. The best part is he hasn't even gotten hot yet for a good duration, and that will come at some point this year. There is no reason to believe he can't be around the .270 mark at the end of the season with 100 rbis and 25-30 bombs. Not bad numbers for a young kid gaining MLB experience by the handful.
Red Sox fans are also quick to forget that while the post season was disappointing in 2017, Dever's performance was not. In 4 games he swatted .364 with 5 rbis and 2 HRs.
So stop with all the Dever's whining, the kid is going to be just fine. Would you rather have Pablo Sandoval? Didn't think so. Devers' is a big time talent and the future is bright in Boston.