Chris Devenski
Chris Devenski
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
Out
Injury Personal
Est. Return 5/1/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It was a frustrating 2020 campaign for Devenski, who appeared in just four games prior to being shut down by elbow surgery. He allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out five over 3.2 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander typically leans heavily on his changeup, while mixing in a heavy dose of fastballs and the occasional curveball. Assuming he'll be healthy for the 2021 season, which certainly isn't a guarantee, Devenski will need to prove that he's deserving of high-leverage opportunities in an unsettled Arizona bullpen after signing a minor-league deal in January. He collected 42 holds and six saves between the 2017 and 2018 seasons, but he's failed to do much since in terms of fantasy production. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2021. Contract is worth $1 million at the MLB level.
Lands on restricted list
PArizona Diamondbacks
Personal
April 7, 2021
Devenski was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
The 30-year-old blew a save by allowing a game-tying, solo homer Tuesday against the Rockies, and he's now been placed on the injured list for personal reasons. It's unclear when Devenski is expected to rejoin the team. Joakim Soria (calf) is on the injured list and Kevin Ginkel is battling an illness, so Yoan Lopez could be the top option for saves in Arizona for the immediate future.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Chris Devenski generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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121+
 
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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 2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
-79%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .265 168 44 15 40 8 0 8
Since 2019vs Right .262 159 34 9 38 7 3 8
2021vs Left .250 4 0 0 1 0 0 1
2021vs Right .250 4 1 0 1 0 0 1
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 6.27 1.33 33.0 1 2 0 10.4 1.9 2.2
Since 2019Away 4.75 1.39 41.2 1 2 1 8.6 3.7 1.7
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 9.00 1.00 2.0 0 0 1 4.5 0.0 9.0
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
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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
0.00
 
K/9
4.5
 
BB/9
0.0
 
HR/9
9.0
 
Fastball
90.9 mph
 
ERA
9.00
 
WHIP
1.00
 
BABIP
.000
 
GB/FB
2.00
 
Left On Base
0.0%
 
Exit Velocity
84.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
25.0%
 
Spin Rate
1771 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Blows save Tuesday
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 7, 2021
Devenski was called upon to convert a save chance Tuesday against the Rockies but instead gave up a game-tying homer to Sam Hilliard.
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Racks up save Sunday
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 4, 2021
Devenski allowed a run on one hit and struck out one to pick up the save in Sunday's 3-1 win over San Diego.
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Clinches roster spot
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 29, 2021
The Diamondbacks informed Devenski on Monday that he would be included on the Opening Day roster, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
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Unscored upon in Cactus League
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 29, 2021
Devenski allowed two hits and struck out two over a scoreless inning in Sunday's spring game against the White Sox.
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Solid start to spring
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 14, 2021
Devenski (elbow) made his third Cactus League appearance in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Padres, striking out two over a perfect inning in relief.
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