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Joey Devine

RHP | AthleticsOAK
Joey Devine
Name: Joseph N. Devine
Born: Sep 19, 1983 in Junction City, Kan. USA
High School: Junction City (Kan.) HS
College: North Carolina State
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
Career139.23.091.143.9313.21
Drafted in the 1st round (27th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2005 (signed for $1,300,000)
Devine has been one of college baseball's success stories the last three years. Lightly recruited, he was expected to be a two-way player for the Wolfpack before developing into one of the nation's elite closers as a freshman. Working with weights caused him to drop his arm angle below three-quarters, and his stuff took off. Forearm tendinitis affected him in the summer of 2003 and contributed to his erratic 2004 performance, but he still became North Carolina State's all-time saves leader as a sophomore and was impressive in the summer with Team USA, pitching as a set-up man. Devine, whose brother Matt is the Wolfpack's starting third baseman, has dominated as a junior and is one of the closest players to the majors in this year's draft. He has plenty of stuff, starting with a mid-90s fastball that touches 97, and throws it from a funky arm angle--not quite sidearm but lower than three-quarters. His frisbee slider, thrown in the mid-80s, is death to righthanded hitters, whom he dominates. Scouts like Devine's competitiveness, makeup and athletic ability, which allows him to repeat his unorthodox delivery. He may need a changeup or split-finger pitch, though, to better attack lefthanded hitters in pro ball.
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