Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers may have some interest in Saturday night’s game between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park.
That being the case because Devers’ younger cousin, Jose Devers, will be making his major-league debut for the Marlins after getting called up by the club on Thursday.
Jose, who is three years younger than Rafael, is currently regarded by Baseball America as the No. 10 prospect in Miami’s farm system. He has never played above High-A ball.
Listed at 6-foot and 174 pounds, Jose — a shortstop by trade — was originally signed by the Yankees out of the Dominican Republic for $250,000 in 2016, three years after his older cousin signed with the Red Sox.
Just a year after signing with New York, Jose was included in the blockbuster trade that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees in December 2017.
Since then, the left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing infielder has risen through the prospect ranks to the point where he is ready to make his big-league debut. He will be starting at second base and batting seventh for Miami on Saturday.
As noted by Ely Sussman of FishStripes.com, Jose, who will be donning the No. 61, is about to “become the youngest Marlins player to appear in a regular season game since the late, great José Fernández in 2013.”
The Marlins are slated to visit the Red Sox in Boston from May 28-May 30, so it should be interesting to see if Jose and Rafael will be able to play against one another next month.
(Picture of Jose Devers: Eric Espada/Getty Images)