This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Rafael Devers had a monster week against Cleveland and Baltimore pitching, hitting .593/.633/1.185 with three home runs, seven runs scored and 11 runs driven in. He had 32 total bases this week; the Royals had 36 as a team.
It has been like this nearly all season for the 22-year-old wunderkind. He has 27 homers, 103 runs scored, 101 runs driven in , eight steals (caught eight times too!) and owns a .332/.380/.596 batting line. Our Earned Auction Value Calculator has him at $42 in standard mixed leagues heading into Monday, trailing only Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuna, Cody Bellinger and Mike Trout. By ADP, those players went seventh, eighth, 44th, 1st ... and 145th in drafts this year.
The return on investment for everyone who rostered Devers ($17 for my AL Tout Wars team!) has been fantastic. The question is, what did Devers do to change his fortunes after the .240/.298/.433 struggles as a sophomore in 2018?
The easy answer would be to just say Devers was the latest example of how the Sophomore Slump theory can take down the best of them. He spent the 2018 season at the major league level and did not turn 22 until deep into the postseason. Most players his age are playing in the bush leagues in single-A, but Devers already has one World Series ring on his hand.
This 2019 breakout did not take long to notice as he has raked all season. One thing he was quick