While not a runaway, like the major league hitter of the year award, our top pitcher, Chris Devenski (Woodstock 2011), also had a fantastic 2016 season.
Devenski, nicknamed “The Dragon,” made the Houston Astros out of Spring Training, and pitched mostly in relief (although he did start 5 games). In 48 total games and 108 1/3 innings pitched, Chris went 4-4, 2.16, with 1 save, a 0.91 WHIP, 1.7 BB/9, and 8.6 K/9. He finished 4th in the American League Rookie of the Year voting (Mike Fulmer won it, with Gary Sanchez a relatively close 2nd).
Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th round in 2011, Devenski was traded to the Astros (along with a package of other players) for Brett Myers. He was a starter half of the time in the minors, but the Astros chose to use him as the “long man” in the 2016 Houston bullpen.
His changeup would play in the rotation, I do believe, but it looks like Chris is slated to be in the Houston bullpen again.
Congratulations on your excellent year, Chris!
2015- Will Harris (Staunton 2003), Houston Astros
2014- David Carpenter (Covington 2004), Atlanta Braves
Others to Consider:
- Will Harris (Staunton 2003), Houston- 1-2, 2.25, 12 svs, 1.05 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 9.7 K/9 in 64 IP
- Adam Liberatore (Waynesboro 2007-08), LA Dodgers- 2-2, 3.37, 1.19 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 9.9 K/9 in 42 2/3 IP
- Tyler Thornburg (Winchester 2008), Milwaukee- 8-5, 2.15, 13 svs, 0.94 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 12.1 K/9 in 67 IP