Chris Devenski
Chris Devenski
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
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
$Signed a one-year, $1.53 million contract with the Astros in February of 2019, avoiding arbitration. Contract includes $2.63 million team option for 2020, which escalates to $2.73 million with 50 appearances in 2019, $2.83 million with 60 appearances or $2.93 million with 68 appearances.
Option declined but still around
PHouston Astros
November 4, 2019
Devenski's option was declined by the Astros on Monday, but he remains on the roster as he's still arbitration-eligible, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Devenski received a somewhat odd contract back in February, which gave the Astros the opportunity of locking him in for 2020 at a predetermined price or going back through the arbitration process. They'll choose the latter following his mediocre 4.83 ERA in 69 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Chris Devenski generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Chris Devenski generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-53%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .198 419 130 29 76 14 1 18
Since 2017vs Right .241 391 93 31 85 16 4 15
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
2017vs Left .111 157 61 10 16 4 1 4
2017vs Right .238 159 39 16 34 7 1 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.64 1.06 101.1 8 4 3 10.6 2.0 1.5
Since 2017Away 3.95 1.19 95.2 4 7 3 9.8 3.5 1.5
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
2017Home 1.83 0.86 44.1 5 2 2 11.2 2.4 1.0
2017Away 3.72 1.05 36.1 3 3 2 11.1 3.5 1.5
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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
3.43
 
K/9
9.4
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
94.8 mph
 
ERA
4.83
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.314
 
GB/FB
0.77
 
Left On Base
71.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.0%
 
Spin Rate
2115 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.7%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
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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Added to World Series roster
PHouston Astros
October 22, 2019
Devenski was added to the Astros' World Series roster, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Charged with loss in relief
PHouston Astros
August 16, 2019
Devenski (2-2) was charged with the loss against the A's on Thursday, allowing a solo home run while striking out three.
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Takes loss in nightcap
PHouston Astros
August 14, 2019
Devenski (2-1) took the loss in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits over two innings.
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Starting Tuesday's nightcap
PHouston Astros
August 13, 2019
Devenski is starting Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Escapes Coors appearance unscathed
PHouston Astros
July 3, 2019
Devenski earned his third hold of the season in Tuesday's 9-8 win over the Rockies after striking out two and issuing a walk during an inning of relief.
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