Devine Promoted to Atlanta
Joey Devine played for NC State before being drafted by Atlanta & starting his professional career with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
Former Myrtle Beach Pelican Joey Devine has been promoted to the Atlanta Braves. Devine joined the Pelicans roster in June after he was selected by the Braves in the first round of this year’s draft. Devine becomes the 17th former Pelican to play for the Braves this season and the 30th former Pelican to make it to the big leagues.
Devine arrived at Turner Field in time for the Saturday, August 20th afternoon’s game against the Padres. In Myrtle Beach the former N.C. State Wolfpack closer, tossed five scoreless innings before earning a July 4th promotion to Double-A Mississippi, where he went 1-1 with five saves, a 2.70 ERA and 28 strikeouts. He issued 12 walks in his 20 innings there.
After announcing that they were promoting Devine from Mississippi, Braves manager Bobby Cox said he would use the young hurler, whose odd delivery includes a three-quarter release point, in a number of different relief roles. Until he watched a video on Saturday morning, Cox hadn’t seen him pitch.
To make room for Devine, who was the 27th overall selection in this year’s Draft, the Braves designated Jim Brower for assignment. They’re hoping he accepts an assignment to Triple-A Richmond. They would bring him back to the Majors when rosters expand on Sept. 1st.
Thanks to MBBC’s Ryan Ibbotson for this capcom story.