Devine Has Short Stay In Myrtle Beach
Wolfpack stand-out Joey Devine made his debut with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on June 23rd.
Former Wolfpack pitcher Joey Devine made his professional baseball debut with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on June 23, 2005, a coincidental nexus of Capitol Broadcasting Company sports divisions. Devine made a great impression on the Pelicans’ staff and fans, so great that he has already been promoted.
“He is a pleasure to have down here, and we are all rooting for him,” said MBBC Media/Marketing Director Ryan Ibbotson during Devine’s debut week at Coastal Federal Field.
Sean Horgan of the The Sun News in Myrtle Beach reported of Devine’s debut, “There’s been a wealth of anticipation and interest since the Braves leap-frogged him directly to the advanced Single-A Carolina League and he got a large ovation from the sold-out Margaritaville gathering at Coastal Federal Field.”
On July 1, after the Pelicans beat the Frederick Keys, 6-3, the Braves promoted Devine to Double-A Mississippi. Minutes after logging the first save of his professional career the former N.C. State Wolfpack closer received word that he would be sent to Mississippi. In five innings out of the bullpen with the Pelicans, the Braves first rounder did not give up a hit, and struck out 7 of the 15 batters that he retired.
Devine was immediately thrown into action when he arrived in Mississippi. On July 4, Joey toed the rubber for the M-Braves against the Montgomery Biscuits and tossed another scoreless inning of relief. He logged the second save of his young professional career a few nights later, on July 7 against the Biscuits by throwing a scoreless final inning in game two of a doubleheader. Devine has yet to give up a run in the first seven innings of his career in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Thanks to MBBC’s Ryan Ibbotson for this capcom story & Steve Terry for this capcom photo.