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9/19/1983 (33 y, 5 m, 5 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 27, Overall: 27, Team: Atlanta Braves
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Devine (elbow) has been moved to the 60-day DL, the team's official Twitter feed reports. (5/15/2012)
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Devine was Oakland's closer-in-waiting back in 2008, using his low-90s fastball and wipeout slider to strikeout out well over a batter per inning. Sadly, his elbow promptly blew up at that point. He missed over two months with soreness in '08, came to camp with continued problems in 2009 and finally succumbed to Tommy John in April of that year. He returned in 2011, dominating in Triple-A (35 Ks in 23.1 innings) but showing rust in the majors, with a 20/11 strikeouts and walks in 23 frames. Devine's fastball didn't have its previous giddy-up, sitting at 92 MPH instead of 93-94, and his understandably shaky control (just 41 percent of his pitches were in the zone) put him in hitter's counts. With Grant Balfour, Brian Fuentes and possibly Fautino De Los Santos standing in his way, Devine figures to pitch in middle relief in 2012 as he works his way back to form. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
His velocity and control could improve as he puts Tommy John surgery further in his past, but Devine's path to holds or saves is muddled even now that Bailey is in Boston.
It seems like Joey Devine has been the closer in waiting for a number of seasons now, and going into 2013, Devine is simply a pitcher waiting for a chance. The former Athletics reliever who once posted a truly gross ERA of 0.59 over 45.2 innings (pitched with a 29% strikeout rate) is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched since July of 2011. Reports have him waiting out the winter and trying out for teams in the Spring -- in the wet noodle model, he'll just have to see what sticks. It seems extremely unlikely that he'll land in any kind of bullpen role that will be useful in fantasy formats, but if you're the glacially patient type, it's not a horrific strategy to throw him on your very deep bench just in case opportunity presents itself during the season. You can probably do much better in the short term, but Devine is always a guy to keep an eye on due to his solid major league performance, even if it is fewer than 100 innings.
The Quick Opinion:
You're probably not going to need Joey Devine in 2013. He's coming off his second Tommy John surgery, he has no major league contract, and you just never know if he's even going to make it back at all. But Devine has had such tremendous results in the majors in the past that he's a guy to keep an eye on in case opportunity presents itself.
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