Ricky DeVito is a Sleeper to Follow in the Pirates System

GREENSBORO, NC - One of the biggest standouts in my recent trip to see the Pirates' High-A affiliate was right-handed pitcher Ricky DeVito.

The Pirates added DeVito at the trade deadline last year, along with Bryse Wilson, when they sent Richard Rodriguez to the Braves. At the time, DeVito was injured, making only five starts in High-A before going down with an ulnar nerve issue with his arm.

Prior to the injury, DeVito posted a 2.66 ERA in 20.1 innings, with a 12.0 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9 -- both improved ratios over his pro debut in 2019.

The Pirates spent most of the 2022 season letting DeVito work through his mechanics out of the bullpen.

"I ended up starting this year out in the bullpen working on some mechanical stuff really to make sure I was healthy, moving right, throwing r...

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joesolo6181

Time will tell. The roster crunch is going to expose plenty of players to the rule 5 draft, so be prepared to lose a bunch.

PirateRican21

Earlier this year BnP asked to pick players to click, I went with Dario Lopez and DeVitto based solely on the 70 grade on his splitter (fangraphs). Was probably a year early on both, but boy I’m excited to see what happens next year…..not gonna mention the RULE 5 CRUNCH, not going to…..🙃

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