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Ceddanne Rafaela is such a good athlete that he is a plus defensive center fielder who can also hold his own at shortstop and second base. He stole 39 bases in 136 games across Double-A, Triple-A and the majors and used his elite bat speed to launch 22 home runs in his age-22 season, despite a 5-foot-9 frame. His .319/.373/.579 slash line with a 20.2 K% and 5.9 BB% over his final 82 games in the minors last season earned him his first call to the majors. From a raw tools standpoint, he's a clear big leaguer. However, his hit tool needs refinement. He had a 38.8 Chase% and a 72.1 Contact%, leading to a 31.5 K% and 4.5 BB% in the majors. Working the count will never be Rafaela's strength, but he could eventually follow a path similar to Tim Anderson or Michael Harris, where he's not walking much but is doing enough damage and making enough contact to still be an above-average hitter. It's not clear how quickly that part of his game will advance from here, but his defensive chops will make him a priority addition to the big-league lineup once Boston thinks his bat is ready.

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2024 221.5 6 6 3 1 .186
2023 441.6 11 2 5 4 3 .241
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Set for middle infield reps

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Rafaela will see some playing time at second base and shortstop going forward, Jen McCaffrey of The Athleticreports. Cora recently downplayed the possibility of the 23-year-old playing shortstop in the immediate aftermath of Trevor Story's shoulder injury, but the skipper has apparently changed his mind. Rafaela should still see most of his playing time in center field, but it's possible he gains eligibility at shortstop or second base if Boston's middle infield continues to have issues with injuries and ineffectiveness.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Agrees to contract extension

    Rafaela agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with the Red Sox on Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com relays that the deal is for eight years and $50 million, which would buy out the 23-year-old arbitration years and first two years of free agency. Rafaela is the second young player the Red Sox have locked up on a long-term contract after they inked Brayan Bello during spring training. Rafaela has hit only .239/.282/.389 over his first 38 major-league games, but he's displayed elite defense in center field, and Boston is optimistic his bat will eventually come around.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Not expected to play shortstop

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora on Saturday downplayed the possibility of using Rafaela at shortstop following the injury to Trevor Story (shoulder), Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Rafaela is an excellent defensive shortstop, but he's also a gifted defender in center field and Boston intends to keep him there. Cora's stance would also seem to indicate that Rafaela has a good amount of leash in center field even if his bat is slow to come around. The 23-year-old entered play Saturday having gone just 5-for-25 with three RBI and one stolen base.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Heads to bench Sunday

    Rafaela is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Rafaela started the first three games of the season and will receive a day off after going 4-for-12 with a double, a triple, an RBI, three runs and five strikeouts. Jarren Duran will shift to center field while Tyler O'Neill and Wilyer Abreu start in left and right field, respectively.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Enters game as infielder

    Rafaela entered Monday's spring game at second base and went 0-for-1 against the Twins. Rafaela made his first spring appearance in the infield, although he's played second base in the minors. There was some talk of him filling in at second base while Vaughn Grissom (groin) recovers, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora then announced a platoon, one involving Enmanuel Valdez and Pablo Reyes, at the keystone to start the season, per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. That means if Rafaela makes the Opening Day roster, it will likely be as the team's primary center fielder.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Will get middle infield reps soon

    Rafaela will get some innings at second base and shortstop next week, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Rafaela is still competing for the starting center field job, but he has plenty of infield experience and the Red Sox want to give him some reps there. Second base, in particular, looks like a spot at which there could be some playing time available early in the season with Vaughn Grissom (hamstring) sidelined.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Subject of organizational meeting

    Boston manager Alex Cora said Wednesday there is an organizational meeting scheduled this weekend to discuss how best to utilize Rafaela on the major league roster, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Rafaela's showcased elite defense in center field this spring, and seemingly his claim to a roster spot was boosted with news that Rob Refsnyder (toe) will miss a good chunk of April. At issue is Cora's original premise that Rafaela will make the club only if he wins the starting job in center, where his defense can have the greatest impact. The weekend meeting will partially focus on how best to utilize Rafaela's versatility; he's comfortable at shortstop and second base and could fill-in at the keystone while Vaughn Grissom (groin) rehabs in April. "We're going to meet over the weekend to go over a few things. Maybe we make adjustments," Cora said. "We know he can play short. We know he can play second. How we can balance the roster so we can take advantage of this spot [vacated by Refsnyder]?" The discussion will also focus on how an outfield would look if Rafaela is in center field, meaning how does the team fit Wilyer Abreu, Jarren Duran, Tyler O'Neill and Masataka Yoshida into the lineup.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Trying to earn roster spot

    Rafaela is slashing .233/.324/.500 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and two steals over 12 spring games. Since early in camp, Boston manager Alex Cora said Rafaela would either open the season as the team's starting center fielder or be sent to Triple-A. "He's playing well, man," manager Alex Cora told Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "Controlling the strike zone, too. He's been doing a good job." Rafaela has played 61 innings in the field and showcased Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field. If he can do enough at the plate and hold down a spot in the lower third of the order, the Red Sox might be tempted to have Rafaela start in center and improve the defense behind a suspect pitching staff. Such a development would trigger a corresponding move in a crowded outfield that includes Wilyer Abreu, Jarren Duran, Tyler O'Neill, Rob Refsnyder and Masataka Yoshida.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Competing for CF job

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that, if Rafaela makes the Opening Day roster, he would likely be the team's center fielder, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Jarren Duran is the favorite to be the team's Opening Day center fielder but would presumably slide over to right field to accommodate Rafaela, who has the superior glove. Rafaela started hot but eventually cooled off during his first shot with the Red Sox in 2023, ultimately finishing with a .241/.281/.386 batting line with two home runs, three stolen bases and a 28:4 K:BB over 28 contests. The 23-year-old could change the narrative with a strong spring, but he seems likelier to start 2024 at Triple-A Worcester for the time being.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: In line for significant role

    Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow indicated Wednesday that he expects Rafaela to play a significant role with the major-league club in 2024, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports. Breslow made the statement after being asked about the team's outfield situation following the trade of Alex Verdugo. At this juncture, Breslow has no plans to add additional outfielders, which points to Rafaela and Wilyer Abreu playing quite a bit. Rafaela slashed .241/.281/.386 with two home runs and three stolen bases over 89 plate appearances during his cup of coffee with Boston in 2023.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Sitting Saturday

    Rafaela will be on the bench for Saturday's game against Baltimore, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Rafaela has gotten his chance to impress down the stretch, appearing in 26 games since his call-up in late August. The results haven't been great, particularly in the plate discipline department, as he's struck out 30.6 percent of the time to go with a 4.7 percent walk rate. He's hit .253/.294/.405 (good for an 83 wRC+) with a pair of homers and a pair of steals. Adam Duvall will be Saturday's center fielder.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Makes first start at 2B

    Rafaela started at second base and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 3-2 win over the White Sox. Rafaela has appeared at second base three times this season but Friday was the first start. The position, which has been a revolving door in 2023, is expected to be an open competition in 2024. Red Sox manager Alex Cora told Sean McAdam of MassLive.com that the rookie could make a few more starts there in the final week. The manager also said the team is considering having Rafaela play second base during winter ball.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Slots in at shortstop

    Rafaela started at shortstop and went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Wednesday's 15-5 loss to the Rangers. Rafaela made his fifth start at shortstop since being called up from Triple-A Worcester in late August. During stints in Worcester and Double-A Portland, the organization had him mainly focus on outfield. He's slashing .305/.328/.492 in 61 plate appearances (20 games) since his arrival in the majors.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Taking seat Friday

    Rafaela is not in the lineup for Friday's game in Toronto, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Rafaela had made five straight starts and is coming off a four-hit day during Thursday's doubleheader versus the Yankees. He'll begin this one on the bench though, as the Red Sox open up a weekend series north of the border.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Collects four hits across twin bill

    Rafaela went 4-for-9 with a solo home run, a double and three total runs across both games of Thursday's doubleheader split with the Yankees. Rafaela collected a pair of hits in each contest, including two extra-base knocks -- a solo homer and a double -- in the matinee. The rookie center fielder batted in the leadoff spot in both games and has now made five consecutive starts for Boston. Rafaela has fared well so far in his short time as a major-leaguer, slashing .368/.400/.632 with two homers, four doubles, three RBI, nine runs and a stolen base over 40 plate appearances. However, he's been punched out 15 times, so the sterling batting average may not be sustainable.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Collects hit in first start

    Rafaela went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Astros. Despite spending most of the season in the minors patrolling center field, Rafaela's first big-league start came at shortstop as he gave Trevor Story a breather. The rookie delivered from the leadoff spot, with his first MLB extra-base hit banging off the Green Monster in the sixth inning to drive in his first MLB run. With Boston still on the fringes of the wild-card picture and Adam Duvall hot again at the plate, Rafaela could have a hard time finding a consistent spot in the lineup in the short term, but the 22-year-old prospect is talented enough to force the Red Sox to make room for him down the stretch.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Receives call-up to majors

    Rafaela was recalled from Triple-A Worcester on Monday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Rafaela has dazzled at the plate and on the basepaths between stops at Worcester and Double-A Portland this season, slashing .302/.349/.520 with 20 home runs and 37 stolen bases over 485 plate appearances. The Red Sox are now ready to give one of their top prospects a shot at the top level, though Rafaela won't immediately enter the lineup. Even with Jarren Duran (toe) on the injured list and Wilyer Abreu (personal) on the paternity list, Rafaela may be limited to a fourth-outfielder role since the trio of Alex Verdugo, Adam Duvall and Masataka Yoshida typically serves as Boston's starting outfielders.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Extends homer streak

    Rafaela hit a home run for the fifth consecutive game Saturday in Triple-A Worcester's win over Syracuse. Rafaela has launched 11 long balls in 30 games since being promoted to the WooSox in late June. The 22-year-old outfielder is slashing .317/.370/.683 at the advanced level, bettering his production at Double-A Portland by a wide margin. Worcester manager Chad Tracy notes the biggest improvement in Rafaela has been his plate discipline, per Jaylon Smoot of MLB.com. "He is focused on swinging at strikes, understanding what he's looking for and what area of the strike zone he's looking for," Tracy said. Rafaela's speed and defense have been his most notable assets, but the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder is showing an added tool to the package.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Bumped up to Triple-A

    Rafaela was informed Sunday that he will be promoted to Triple-A Worcester on Monday, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. Rafaela got off to a slow start at Double-A Portland, but the 22-year-old turned it around the last month. He's batted .331/.377/.522 over the last 34 games to bump his season average to .294 through 60 games. He's also stolen 30 bases, two more than he had in 2022 over 116 games. The speedy center fielder also added versatility by playing nine games at shortstop while with the Sea Dogs.
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  • Red Sox's Ceddanne Rafaela: Shipped to minor-league camp

    The Red Sox optioned Rafaela to Triple-A Worcester on Monday. Rafaela established himself as one of Boston's top outfield prospects last season after slashing .299/.342/.538 with 21 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 518 plate appearances between stops at High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland. The 22-year-old earned himself a spot on the 40-man roster this offseason along with an invitation to big-league spring training. Though he fell short in his longshot bid for a spot on Boston's Opening Day roster, Rafaela could push his way to the big leagues at some point later in 2023 if he continues to mash at the highest level of the minors.
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