Wednesday, March 25, 2009

30 A's in 30 Days – Joey Devine


Acquired: Traded from Atlanta for Mark Kotsay (January 14, 2008).
Contract: One year thru 2009. Eligible for arbitration after 2010.
Position: Better damn well be "full time closer".

Projected ERA: 3.18

Over/Under: It ain't even April and Devine's already missed time this spring with a tender elbow. He's only topped 50 innings once in his five professional seasons and is just a few years removed from being better known as "that guy who gave up grand slams in his first two Major League appearances" or "Chris Burke's b*tch". I still like the UNDER for this grown man known as "Joey". Last year, after returning from a two-month stint on the DL, he didn't yield an earned run the rest of the season (24 games), posting a .097/.195/.097 opposing hitters' line.

By the Numbers: 14 – The number of Major League seasons for former big league reliever Gregg Olson – Devine's #2 comp according to Baseball Prospectus. Both were first round draft picks who were called up to the show a few weeks after finishing their college careers. If history were to further repeat itself, I will somehow end up with dozens of off-center Joey Devine rookie cards and then, 20 years later, I'd be stunned to learn Devine pitched for more than a dozen years. I mean, seriously, Gregg Olson was pitching this decade?

Surefire '09 Prediction: Meet your lone Oakland A's representative to the 2009 All-Star Game. He'll join Jay Howell (1985) and Justin Duchscherer (2005) as past Athletics relievers to be selected in years when no other teammates got the call.

1 comment:

that mexican guy said...

"He'll join Jay Howell (1985) and Justin Duchscherer (2005) as past Athletics relievers to be selected in years when no other teammates got the call."

Glad to see you're still spending $10/year on that A's media guide for such vital information!