Ricky DeVito: Plus Movement Allowing Weak Contact, Generating Misses

Last year at the trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates got two players from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for then-closer Richard Rodriguez. Bryse Wilson already had major league experience and has been bouncing back and forth between the Pirates and Triple-A this season.
Ricky DeVito, the other player in the deal, didn’t play due to rehabbing an injury at the time of the deal. He made his organizational debut in 2022.
Assigned to Greensboro to start the year, DeVito has shown some strong swing-and-miss stuff, but has taken a step back when it comes to his control. Throwing strikes had always been an issue, but in his brief playing time last year it looked like he was making progress.
An eighth-round pick by the Braves out of Seton Hall, DeVito has posted great ‘reverse splits’ when i...

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emjayinTN

Thanks for the video’s – great stuff. The Rodriguez trade with the Braves (Wilson and DeVito) and the Frazier trade with the Padres (Suwinski and Marcano so far) just keep paying huge dividends.

Hopefully there’s a few trades like that out there this year.

TNBucs

Those trades are in a sweet spot range where you’re not likely to miss the player you’re giving up but can get interesting prospects with upside back. I’d add last year’s deals of Anderson and Stallings, though how great would it be if we would have kept and extended Anderson?

Bigger deals like when trading a Marte, Musgrove, Taillon, or Cole come with the pressure of needing to get it right because you’ll absolutely miss what you’ve given up. And then of course there are the deals for cash or a PTBNL that rarely amount to anything.

If I was a GM, I’d be tempted to never trade stars until the deadline of their last year or at least not until the deadline of their penultimate year but regularly trade useful players like Rodriguez, Frazier, Stallings, …

PirateRican21

Thanks Murph! I asked for this a while back!!!!

NMR

I love seeing the splitter pick up steam across the league, what a crazy pitch.

emjayinTN

A not-too-distant cousin of the old Elroy Face Fork Ball? I’m a fan of any pitch that promotes a high percentage of GB’s.

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