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Joey Devine

Joey Devine pitches against the Chicago White Sox
Oakland Athletics — No. 33
Relief pitcher
Born: September 19, 1983 (1983-09-19) (age 26)
Junction City, Kansas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 20, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     7-2
Earned run average     2.48
Strikeouts     69

Joseph Devine (born September 19, 1983, in Junction City, Kansas) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics.

Baseball career

Devine was the Braves' first selection (27th overall) in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of North Carolina State University, where he had set the Wolfpack record for saves with 24. The selection was regarded as an unusual one for the Braves due to the fact that the organization has a history of selecting high school players with their early picks in order to have a greater hand in the players' development. After being drafted, Devine spent only two months in the minor leagues, pitching with the Single-A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the Double-A Mississippi Braves, before being called up to the major leagues on August 20.

Devine encountered early struggles once being called up to the major leagues, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to allow a grand slam in each of his first two games. Braves manager Bobby Cox showed faith in Devine, however, by including him on the postseason roster despite his pitching only five innings with the big-league club during the regular season. In the 18th inning of Game 4 of the 2005 National League Division Series, Devine gave up a walk-off home run to Houston Astros rookie Chris Burke to end the Braves' season.

In 2006, Atlanta planned to have Devine start the season at Triple-A Richmond as the closer, but injuries to Horacio Ramírez and Blaine Boyer forced the Braves to call him up along with fellow reliever Ken Ray. Devine struggled once again, however, pitching a total of one inning in two games against the San Francisco Giants and giving up seven runs on five hits, five walks, and two wild pitches. Devine was optioned back to Richmond afterwards, with Peter Moylan serving as his replacement in Atlanta's bullpen. Devine was called up again in September and continued to pitch in Atlanta until the end of the regular season. Baseball America rated Devine as the Braves' ninth-best prospect entering 2007.[1] Devine spent the majority of the 2007 season at Mississippi, though he was called up by Atlanta several times. On September 22, Devine earned his first major league victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished the 2007 season 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA.

On January 14, 2008, Devine was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with minor league pitcher Jamie Richmond for center fielder Mark Kotsay. Devine had a breakout season with the Athletics in 2008; in 45 2/3 innings, Devine had a remarkable 0.59 ERA. His 0.59 ERA was the lowest in MLB history among pitchers with a minimum of 40 innings since ERA became an official statistic in 1912; however, his record is not officially recognized because the MLB minimum is 50 innings.[2]

Devine is out for the 2009 season following surgery on his right elbow. The operation was performed Tuesday, April 21, 2009 by Dr. James Andrews on Devine’s ulnar collateral ligament. A’s manager Bob Geren said Devine will be ready for spring training next season and is progressing nicely in his recovery.

On December 2, 2009, Devine, avoided arbitration and agreed to a 1 year contract with the Oakland Athletics.


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