Rafael Devers is only two runs batted in and they will be the only Dominicans with those numbers this GL season.
Julio Rodriguez joined Juan Soto yesterday and they are now the only Dominicans with a season of at least 30 homers and 100 or more RBIs. They are joined by Rafael Devers, who is just two hits away from reaching 100 runs.
Soto, of the San Diego Padres, had already crossed that barrier (32 homers and 100 runs batted in). He did it last Monday against the Colorado Rockies. Meanwhile, Rodriguez did it yesterday in the Seattle Mariners’ game against the Oakland Athletics. His 100th round-tripper came in the fifth inning of that game, thanks to his 31st home run of the season.
Should Devers reach that figure, it would be the first occasion that at least three Creoles have reached that combination since the 2018 campaign. By that time, the trilogy composed of José Ramírez, Manny Machado and Edwin Encarnación had achieved it.
Ramirez hit, with the then Cleveland Indians, 39 home runs and pushed 105 laps, while Machado (Padres) and Encarnacion (Cleveland) concluded with identical figures of 37 homers and 107 produced, respectively.
Devers had 33 four-corner hits and 98 runs batted in before yesterday’s game.
In the case of Soto, who is in his sixth season in the Major Leagues (between the Washington Nationals and the Padres), it is the second time he has compiled those numbers. In 2019 he managed to go for the street 34 times and tow a total of 110 runs with just 20 years old at the time.
Meanwhile, for Devers it would be the third time he has hit at least 30-100 with the Boston Red Sox. In 2019 he hit 32 homers and pushed 115, while in 2021 he went 38-113.
Out of reach
Manny Machado, Teoscar Hernandez, and Fernando Tatis Jr. are just a few of the Dominican ballplayers unlikely to join Soto, Rodriguez, and Devers. The regular series is scheduled to culminate next week.
Without yesterday’s outing, Machado, of the San Diego Padres, has 28 homers and 84 RBIs.
Hernandez, Rodriguez’s teammate with the Mariners, has 25 homers and 90 RBIs, while Tatis Jr. has hit 25 homers and 77 RBIs.