Rafael Devers turns 25 on Sunday.
The Boston Red Sox season may be over by then, but in the meantime, the slugging third baseman has joined an elite group of players when it comes to hitting home runs in the postseason before turning 25 -- as well as an interesting list of Red Sox all-time leaders for homers in a single postseason.
Devers joined a Hall of Famer in Mickey Mantle, a future Hall of Famer in Albert Pujols and the former No. 1 overall pick in the draft in Carlos Correa in hitting eight career home runs in the postseason before turning 25.
However, Devers did so in fewer at-bats than the rest. He's needed only 85 at-bats over the 2017, 2018 and 2021 postseasons to accomplish the feat. Mantle did so in 92 at-bats, Pujols in 95 and Correa in 126. Should the Red Sox stretch the ALCS to seven games, which would be played before Sunday, Devers will have two more chances to become the all-time leader in postseason homers before the age of 25.
As for the Red Sox group, Devers matched a franchise icon in David Ortiz -- who did it in a pair of championship seasons -- as well as Todd Walker and teammate Kiké Hernández with five home runs in a single postseason.
Not to diminish the accomplishments of Ortiz whatsoever, but he had three rounds of the postseason to get it done in 2004 and 2013. Walker's eight home runs came during a season in which the Red Sox were knocked out in the ALCS, while Devers himself and Hernández are in danger of following suit.