In an Astros season that lacked consistent starting pitching, selecting a breakout pitcher was not an easy task. In April, one might have thought that Lance McCullers would have been the recipient of this honor, but injuries plagued his 2016 season.
Then, one might have thought around late June or mid-July that guys like Doug Fister or Will Harris were the clear front-runners for this award, but unfortunately even these veteran pitchers could not sustain their success for all 162. So, without further ado, the breakout pitcher for the Houston Astros in 2016 is….
Earlier this afternoon, the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America named Devenski the Astros pitcher of the year and rookie of the year, which is quite an honor for a young player who is competing with a lot of young talent in an organization on the rise.
So, we thought that we might as well pile some awards on for the young fella and name him our 2016 Houston Astros Breakout Pitcher of the Year. Devenski is certainly the rightful recipient of this award, as he was solid when he first came up to the majors and was able to sustain his success throughout the season.
In 2016, Devenski finished the season with a 2.16 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched, allowing only 79 hits while striking out 104 opponents. Devenski was able to command the strike zone effectively, allowing only 20 walks all season long.
In addition to these great statistics, Devenski was the Astros’ clear leader in WAR for pitchers, finishing with a mark of 2.8. The next closest Astros pitcher would be Will Harris, who finished with a 1.7 WAR. For this season being his first in the major leagues, this is an outstanding stat for Devenski to have under his belt.
Devenski was a proven performer in the minor leagues, as he was one of the top pitchers at AA Corpus Christi in 2015. Now, Devenski should have confidence going into the offseason that he can compete in this league for a long time.
While main pitchers such as Keuchel and McCullers recover from injuries, it will be important for Devenski to spend time this offseason honing his craft and ensuring that he can progress in his second year in the big leagues.
All in all, it is great to see a guy like Chris Devenski gain some recognition for the great season that he just finished. Sometimes, a player like Devenski can be easily forgotten with stars like Correa, Altuve, and Keuchel on the roster. But, if he can keep pitching the way he pitched in 2016, he will be right up there with the big names for the Astros in no time.