Ceddanne Rafaela

22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Rafaela put up impressive offensive numbers in 2022 that oversold his realistic MLB upside, but his center field defense is so good that he should have no problem carving out a big-league career. He doesn't hit the ball very hard and is prone to chasing, but Rafaela still managed a .301/.342/.540 slash line despite an ugly 4.8 BB%. Thankfully, he has plus speed to go with his plus-plus defense, so the 28-for-35 success rate on the bases could translate as he continues to climb. If he can just hit .230 or .240, Rafaela could be allowed to play every day in center field while hitting at the bottom of the order and chipping in 10-to-20 home runs with 20-plus steals. He is on the 40-man roster but may not debut until 2024. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Red Sox in July of 2017.
Will begin season in Double-A
OFBoston Red Sox  AA
March 28, 2023
Rafaela will begin the 2023 season with Double-A Portland, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.
Many expected Rafaela to open in Triple-A after he finished the 2022 campaign with the Sea Dogs, but the 22-year-old will get more action in the Eastern League before moving on to Triple-A. A source tells Starr that the organization wants the right-handed hitter to work on his approach at the plate without having to adjust to the higher level. Even with the outfielder opening the season in Double-A, there's a chance Rafaela spends time with the major-league club before the season comes to a close.
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Shipped to minor-league camp
OFBoston Red Sox  AA
March 13, 2023
The Red Sox optioned Rafaela to Triple-A Worcester on Monday.
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To be used mostly in CF
OFBoston Red Sox  AA
February 21, 2023
Rafaela will see most of his playing time in center field this spring, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.
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Added to 40-man roster
OFBoston Red Sox  AA
November 15, 2022
Rafaela was added to Boston's 40-man roster Tuesday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Earns BA honors
OFBoston Red Sox  AA
September 22, 2022
Rafaela was named by Baseball America as Boston's Minor League Player of the Year, Alex Speier of Baseball America reports.
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Delivers Sea Dogs to playoffs
OFBoston Red Sox  AA
September 17, 2022
Rafaela went 2-for-6 with a grand slam in win for Double-A Portland on Wednesday that clinched a playoff berth for the Sea Dogs.
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