Chris Devenski
Chris Devenski
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$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.
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.
Devenski came into the eighth inning with the score tied, 6-6, and gave up a homer to Matt Chapman to give the A's the lead for good. The right-hander has functioned mostly in middle relief for the Astros this season, posting a forgettable 4.42 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .192 394 127 27 69 11 1 16
Since 2017vs Right .245 361 87 30 79 14 4 14
2019vs Left .267 130 37 12 31 5 0 5
2019vs Right .245 113 26 6 25 3 3 5
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
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 3.34 1.04 94.1 8 3 3 10.8 2.1 1.4
Since 2017Away 4.12 1.19 89.2 4 7 3 10.1 3.5 1.5
2019Home 5.25 1.25 24.0 1 0 0 10.5 1.9 2.3
2019Away 4.50 1.38 32.0 1 2 0 9.8 3.7 1.1
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 this season's data (min 20 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.
    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.
94.8 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
88.5 mph
Spin Rate
2106 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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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Makes first hitless outing
PHouston Astros
April 17, 2019
Devenski struck out one and did not allow a hit in a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Athletics.
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Throws multiple innings
PHouston Astros
March 31, 2019
Devenski allowed one run on three hits and struck out three over two innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rays on Saturday.
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