Christopher Michael Devenski (born November 13, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally, Devenski played college baseball for Golden West College and California State University, Fullerton. He made his MLB debut in 2016, and was named an MLB All-Star in 2017.
Devenski with the Astros in 2017
|Houston Astros – No. 47|
|Born: November 13, 1990|
|April 8, 2016, for the Houston Astros|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 23, 2019)
|Earned run average||2.92|
|Career highlights and awards|
Devenski attended Gahr High School in Cerritos, California. He played for the school's baseball team as both a pitcher and a shortstop. He graduated in 2008, and enrolled at Golden West College, where he played college baseball in his freshman year as a pitcher and shortstop. Devenski transferred to California State University, Fullerton, where he continued his college baseball career with the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Titans' coaches convinced him to focus on pitching, and he accrued 182 2⁄3 innings pitched over 104 games in two seasons with the school. He also played collegiate summer baseball for the Woodstock River Bandits of the Valley Baseball League in 2011.
The Chicago White Sox selected Devenski in the 25th round, with the 771st overall selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He made his professional debut with the Great Falls Voyagers of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He started the 2012 season with the Kannapolis Intimidators of the Class A South Atlantic League before being traded to the Houston Astros in August as the player to be named later in the earlier trade where the White Sox acquired Brett Myers. The Astros had already acquired Blair Walters and Matt Heidenreich in the trade. He had a 6–5 win–loss record and a 4.23 earned run average (ERA) in 19 games started for Kannapolis before the trade. The Astros assigned him to the Lexington Legends of the Class A Midwest League. On August 31, in his fifth start for Lexington, he threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts.
Devenski began the 2013 season with the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League. He struggled with Lancaster, working to a 7.88 ERA in 75 1⁄3 innings pitched, and was demoted to the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League. Devenski started the 2014 season with Lancaster and received another midseason promotion, this time to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League. He pitched for Corpus Christi in 2015, finishing the season with a 3.01 ERA in 119 2⁄3 innings pitched. He was named their pitcher of the year. He was promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League for the playoffs and pitched seven one-hit innings to help Fresno win the Triple-A National Championship Game. He was named the most valuable player of the championship game. Eligible in the Rule 5 draft after the 2015 season, the Astros did not protect Devenski on their 40-man roster, but Devenski was not selected.
The Astros assigned Devenski to Fresno for Opening Day of the 2016 season, but promoted him to the major leagues on April 6. He made his MLB debut on April 8. He finished the 2016 season with a 2.16 ERA and 0.914 walks plus hits per inning pitched ratio in 48 appearances.
Devenski continued to pitch for the Astros as a multi-inning relief pitcher in 2017. He was named to the American League's roster for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game on July 7. As of that day, he had a 2.09 ERA in 51 2⁄3 innings pitched, and led all major league relief pitchers in innings pitched, in strikeouts with 72, and tied for the most wins, with 6. He finished the regular season with an 8–5 win–loss record, a 2.68 ERA, and 100 strikeouts with 26 walks in 80 2⁄3 innings pitched. Devenski appeared in five games of the 2017 World Series, pitching a total of five innings while allowing four hits and four runs, although he was the winning pitcher of Game 2.
Devenski and the Astros agreed to a $1.525 million salary for the 2019 season.
Devenski was raised in Santa Ana, California. His father, Mike, owns a moving company. Amanda, his twin sister, is a teacher. While he was attending college, his family moved to Artesia, California.
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