Chris Devenski started off his career really well but has struggled to perform to a high standard in the past few seasons.
In 2016 and 2017, he combined to go 12-9 over 110 games which were all relief appearances except five of them. This resulted in an ERA of 2.47 and 204 strikeouts compared to 129 hits given up in 182 innings pitched. He also gave up only 15 home runs and got 30 holds combined.
Since then, he’s combined to go 4-7 over 115 appearances with an ERA of 4.88 albeit with just a bit more strikeouts (128) than hits given up (118).
The 2020 season saw him struggle horrendously taking a loss in four trips to the mound with an extremely ugly ERA of 14.73 and an opponent average of .389 in just a very small sample size of 3.2 innings pitched. He battled elbow soreness throughout the 2020 season preventing him from being at his healthiest.
In his five year career, he has put up an even record of 16-16 with an ERA of 3.35, 332 strikeouts compared to 247 hits given up for an opponent average of .217 in 309 innings pitched. He also has 55 career holds to his name.
Devenski’s reliance on his three pitches of a fastball, change-up and slider could play out well in the Blue Jays bullpen, in which they could bring him in on a minor league deal with incentives if he cracks the big league roster.