Apr 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of baseballs prior to a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Who’s Hot: Chris Devenski
He’s not Mark Appel, he’s not Lance McCullers, he’s not Vince Velasquez. He’s Chris Devenski, and he’s on fire this season. Acquired in the 2012 Brett Myers trade with the White Sox, Devenski has been steadily progressing in the Astros organization for a few seasons now, and he has garnered very little attention from Astros fans.
Lately, however, he’s received the attention that he has earned. He was named the starter for the South team in the Texas League All-Star Game. He went on to throw 2 scoreless innings in that game, showing everyone in the minor leagues that he’s for real.
His stats have been great as well. He carries a 7-1 record, a 1.16 ERA, and a 0.91 WHIP. Another amazing stat is that he’s allowed only 48 hits so far this season while striking out 61 opposing hitters. These are truly dominating numbers being put up by the young right-hander.
But, it hasn’t always been so easy for Devenski. He’s had to overcome some struggles at High A Lancaster and at Corpus Christi in 2014. He’s definitely earned a promotion to AAA and consideration from the Astros pitching staff. If I were Chris Devenski, I would have been a little upset, perhaps even irked, when Mark Appel was promoted to AAA Fresno. Devenski had much better numbers than Appel in AA, yet Appel got the promotion first.
I wouldn’t be very surprised to see Chris Devenski traded in a deal where the Astros are looking for an impact starter and have to unload some prospects. It looks to me as if Devenski is ready to take the next step in his career, and due to the current situation that the Astros are in, that next step might have to come with another organization. This will be a very interesting July for not only the Astros organization, but also for Chris Devenski’s career.
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