Chris Devenski (W, 4-0, 0.53 ERA) improved to 4-0 on the season Sunday afternoon, after pitching five innings, giving up only one run on three hits and no walks, while striking out four. Devenski, the 6′-3″, 195 pound, Cal State Fullerton product, has given up just two earned runs this season in his seven appearances.
Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th round of the 2011 draft, one would never expect this kind of dominating performance at this level from a pitcher drafted in the later rounds of the Draft. Give the Astros some credit, as Devenski was obtained along with RHP Matt Heidenreich and LHP Blair Walters in the July 2012 trade that sent RHP Brett Myers to Chicago.
According to Karen Hansen, author of the 2015 Astros Farm System Handbook, “Corpus Christi Pitching Coach Doug Brocail was working with Devenski late in the season to fix a flaw in his delivery that was keeping his fastball and curveball from being as effective as they could be.” Brocail wanted to make those two pitches better without messing up Devenski’s “major league changeup.”
The work with Brocail has paid off, Devenski was the Texas League Pitcher of the Week (April 27) as well as the Hooks Pitcher of the Month for April.
Inside the numbers: Devenski has walked only 10 batters in 34 innings, while striking out 28. He leads the Texas League in; wins (4), ERA (0.53) and his WHIP (0.88) ranks third. He had a 27 inning scoreless streak going before he surrendered a solo HR in his last game against San Antonio.
Astros 411 take: Wake Up Houston – Devenski has come out of nowhere this season and is pitching like a first round draft pick. He’s 24 years old, so he’s a couple years older than the average player at Double-A ball, so we would like to see him get to Triple-A in June and hopefully he will continue with his success there, which would put him on the fast tract to potentially contribute in Houston for the Astros in 2016.