Needs another pitch. That fastball thing he throws, that’s a good pitch, but it’s not that good. You can get by with one pitch if that one pitch is Mariano Rivera’s cut fastball. Otherwise, you need a changeup.
The Braves’ first round pick spent four games in Myrtle Beach, where he was clearly too good for the league (five innings, no hits, three walks, seven strikeouts) then went to Mississippi. He pitched well there, not spectacularly (except for a 28 strikeouts in 20 IP) and was promoted to the big club during the ongoing crisis. He gave up grand slams in his first two major league outings and was sent back to AAA. When he came back, he pitched well — and had stopped walking people — but then gave up the season-ending homer in the Division Series.
Control is an issue for Devine. Also, he’s a sidearmer and sidearmers are often troubled by lefthanded hitters. They were 3-7 with a homer against him, but that’s far too small of a sample size to judge anything. A number of people seem to think that Devine has the inside track for the closer job, but I don’t see it, not until he adds some other pitch he can get over. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m just not optimistic.
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