Top Performer #3: Chris Devenski
Sooner or later, we will feel tired about talking and writing about Chris Devenski so much. But now isn’t that time.
Here is my hot take: Devenski has been arguably been the best Astros pitcher in 2017. Yes, I would even rank him ahead of Dallas Keuchel, even if it is by a slight margin.
Statistics as of 4/30: 16.2 IP, 2.16 ERA, 1.88 FIP, 52.5% K%, 3.3% BB%
You see, Devenski’s first month of the season has been notable in numerous ways. For example, his strikeout percentage, 52.5%, is easily the best out of any Astros pitcher with at least ten innings pitched this season. This also happens to be best strikeout percentage by all pitchers with ten innings pitched in all of baseball entering yesterday.
Throw in the fact that he doesn’t walk anyone and strikes out at least half of the batters he’s faced is something else. When it is all said and done, Devenski may go down as the team’s best pitcher in 2017 as a reliever. The month of April could prove to be the launching point of an amazing season.
**Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs**