The Yankees signed Jose Devers as part of the 2016-2017 international free agent class. The young left-handed hitting shortstop is the cousin of Red Sox infielder Rafael Devers.
Devers made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Yankees on June 3 when he went 0-for-4 against the DSL Mets. He went on to hit .239/.255/.326 over 11 games in the DSL before being promoted to the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
In the GCL, Devers hit .246/.336/.342 in 42 games. His best game came on July 17 when he went 4-for-5 with a run scored and 2 RBIs.
Devers is young, making his professional debut at 17-years old and will be 18 by the time next season starts. He impressed in his first season in the field, showing off solid athleticism and above-average speed.
Offensively he is not as far along as he is on the defensive side but he was able to hold his own playing against competition that was about 3.8 years older than him.
Devers is just 18-years old and will likely open the 2018 season with either the Pulaski Yankees or Staten Island Yankees.
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