Ricky DeVito

RICKY DeVITO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 21, 1998
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 195
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 8th Round, 247th overall pick, 2019 (Braves)
How Acquired: Trade (with Braves)
College: Seton Hall University
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Braves drafted DeVito out of Seton Hall.  At the time, his fastball was around 90-94 mph, but his velocity increased after the draft, reaching as high as 97.  He throws a very effective splitter and also a slider.  His command needs to improve.  The Pirates acquired DeVito in the trade for Richard Rodriguez.

2019
R:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
R+:  0-0-0, 3.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 19.0 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 10.9 K/9
A:  1-2-0, 3.78 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 16.2 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 5.9 K/9

DeVito split his time after the draft mostly between advanced rookie ball and low A.  He was more challenged at the latter stop.

2020
DNP

DeVito pitched only in fall instructional league during the pandemic season.

2021
A+:  0-3-0, 2.66 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 20.1 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 12.0 K/9

DeVito made five starts in high A, then went on the injured list with an ulnar nerve problem.  Before going out, he was impressive, with a high K rate and improved control.  He was still out when the Pirates acquired him and they put him on the 60-day minor league injured list afterward, so he did not return before the end of the season.

2022
A+:  3-6-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 70.0 IP, 5.7 BB/9, 11.6 K/9

DeVito spent the season with Greensboro, making six starts and 29 relief appearances.  He threw 70 innings, which is good, but the results weren’t good.  The starts hurt his numbers, as he had a 7.36 ERA in them and 4.70 otherwise.  DeVito followed a very common pattern in the Pirates’ system, missing a lot of bats but struggling to throw strikes.  He did pitch well in August.  In three starts and two relief appearances he put up a 3.63 ERA, but he got rocked in two September starts.  He had a large reverse platoon split.

DeVito is eligible for Rule 5, although it’s hard to see anybody selecting him.  His stuff remains very promising, so the Pirates no doubt will continue to try to push him.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor League Salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $167,500
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 4, 2019: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 8th round, 247th overall pick; signed on June 12.
July 30, 2021: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Bryse Wilson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Richard Rodriguez.