Chris Devenski
Chris Devenski
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Devenski's sophomore season was his peak value. Even though that work is recent memory, it feels like occurred seven years ago. His snapdragon changeup has gone from an elite pitch to just an average pitch by pitch values, and his average fastball is now below-average. His breaking ball is his only plus pitch by pitch values, and a lot of that comes from his crazy delivery which hides the ball rather well. A righty with a changeup should be excellent against lefties, but Devenski struggled for the first time in his career against lefties last year with a .273/.348/.482 slash line in 155 plate appearances. His historical efforts against lefties should earn him another chance, but it is the one baseball skill he has, so he cannot afford another year of regression. Fantasy-wise, he has very little value as his diminished skills limit his leverage exposure. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2 million contract with the Astros in January of 2020.
Shut down for season
PHouston Astros
Elbow
September 16, 2020
Devenski underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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The Astros haven't announced a timeline for Devenski's return to full activities, but given that his procedure wasn't a reconstructive one, he should have a good chance at being ready to go for the start of spring training. Due to arm injuries, Devenski was limited to only four appearances out of the Houston bullpen this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
23
Last 10 Games
23
Last 5 Games
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How many pitches does Chris Devenski generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-79%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .247 271 73 20 61 10 0 14
Since 2018vs Right .260 244 55 17 57 11 3 9
2020vs Left .125 9 4 1 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .600 12 1 2 6 2 0 1
2019vs Left .273 155 40 14 38 8 0 7
2019vs Right .237 143 32 7 31 5 3 6
2018vs Left .220 107 29 5 22 2 0 7
2018vs Right .256 89 22 8 20 4 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.34 1.25 59.0 3 3 1 10.4 1.8 1.8
Since 2018Away 4.43 1.33 61.0 1 4 1 8.9 3.7 1.6
2020Home 13.50 2.50 2.0 0 1 0 18.0 4.5 0.0
2020Away 16.20 3.00 1.2 0 0 0 5.4 10.8 5.4
2019Home 5.81 1.26 31.0 1 1 0 9.9 1.7 2.3
2019Away 4.03 1.34 38.0 1 2 0 9.0 3.6 1.2
2018Home 4.15 1.15 26.0 2 1 1 10.4 1.7 1.4
2018Away 4.22 1.17 21.1 0 2 1 8.9 3.4 2.1
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Stat Review
How does Chris Devenski compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.67
 
K/9
12.3
 
BB/9
7.4
 
HR/9
2.5
 
Fastball
92.9 mph
 
ERA
14.73
 
WHIP
2.73
 
BABIP
.529
 
GB/FB
2.00
 
Left On Base
46.5%
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.2%
 
Spin Rate
2132 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.2%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Devenski was a popular target last year even though he wasn't expected to garner more than a handful of saves. The allure was more innings than the normal reliever combined with a dominant strikeout clip. He ended up disappointing as even before he was felled by a hamstring injury in August, the Astros cut back on using Devenski for multiple innings, plus his strikeout rate fell back a notch. He surrendered nine homers, just two fewer than the previous season in 33.1 fewer innings. As a flyball pitcher, Devenski is prone to the long ball. However, a bloated 15.1% HR/FB didn't help. Flyball pitchers generally carry a low BABIP, aiding WHIP, but he's no longer a cinch for 80 innings and Devenski loses some luster in a market replete with dominant middle relievers. He's still roster-worthy in leagues where high-strikeout setup men are assets, but it's no longer necessary to go the extra mile. There will be others of his ilk.
Devenski was dominant in his role as a multiple-inning reliever in 2017, finishing as one of the top fantasy relievers that was not a full-time closer. His ability to chew up late innings with a diverse cache of offerings resulted in four saves almost by accident. The flyball pitcher endured issues with home runs (1.23 HR/9) and his walk rate was a tad high at 2.9 BB/9, but he compensated with the swing and miss, posting a 17.1 percent swinging-strike rate and 44.5 O-Contact percentage (lowest among pitchers with at least 70 innings). The Astros probably value him too much as a reliable bridge to make him a full-time closer, but he will chip in a few during his normal duties, which bolsters what he can offer. Format matters, as investors will get more from him in deeper or innings-restricted leagues.
Devenski quietly had a really sharp season as a long reliever. He averaged about two innings per appearance as a reliever and went three-plus innings in 10 of them. He did log 24.2 frames as a starter over five starts, too, but his best work was in relief. He displayed a diverse four-pitch arsenal, but leaned most-heavily on his changeup (31 percent). His .484 OPS off the changeup was fourth-best among the 43 pitchers who threw at least 400 changeups. He only used his slider 10 percent of the time overall, but it was devastating with a .194 OPS against and 45 percent strikeout rate in 31 plate appearances, leading him to up its usage in the second half in lieu of the curve. His strikeout and walk rates were nearly identical to his minor league work, but he kept the ball in the yard and displayed much sharper command. He is reportedly being groomed for a starting role in 2017 and makes an interesting gamble in deep leagues.
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Heads back to injured list
PHouston Astros
Elbow
September 7, 2020
Devenski returned to the injured list Monday, this time with elbow discomfort, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Returns from injured list
PHouston Astros
September 4, 2020
Devenski (arm) was activated from the injured list Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Could return during road trip
PHouston Astros
Arm
September 3, 2020
Devenski (arm) could return during this current road trip that lasts through Sept. 13, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Advances to mound work
PHouston Astros
Arm
August 12, 2020
Devenski (arm) has progressed to throwing off a mound, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on injured list
PHouston Astros
Arm
August 1, 2020
Devenski (arm) landed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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