D.O.B.: February 12, 1985
How acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Mark Wilson of the Minnesota Twins out of the University of Minnesota
The Minnesota Twins signed Cole Devries as a non-drafted free agent after his junior season at the University of Minnesota. A finesse pitcher, Devries had a very successful Cape Cod season before being signed by the Twins in August of 2006. At Minnesota, Devries was a second team All-Big 10 selection in 2006, his last season with the Gophers.
A Minnesota native, Devries was the Class 3A Player of the Year in high school, and was an all-state performer. At the University of Minnesota, Devries was one of the more experienced pitchers on the staff his final season, after starting 29 games for the team. In his final season with the Gophers, Devries went 7-3, posting a 2.42 earned run average.
After signing with the Twins, foregoing his final year of eligibility at Minnesota, Devries made an instant impact for the Beloit Snappers. He won nine games, making 25 starts for the Twins Midwest League affiliate, and was named a Midwest League All-Star. Making 27 appearances in total, Devries tossed 148.0 innings, striking out 108, while holding the opposition to a .271 batting average.
He was also a co-winner of the Brodie Trophy, which is given to the best player on the Beloit Snappers.
In 2008, Devries made the jump to the Florida State League, and put up even better numbers for the Miracle. He won ten games for the Miracle, making 23 starts, and pitched very well the entire season. He finished third in the Florida State League in earned run average (2.93), and was one of only a handful of pitchers to toss a complete game. The season put him on pace to start the 2009 season with New Britain.
Repertoire: Fastball, Curveball, Changeup.
Fastball: Devries is not overpowering with the fastball, but instead uses it as a weapon to set up his other pitches. He usually sits in the high-80s range, and can top out around 90 to 91. He is a finesse pitcher, having great control, and the fastball definitely is successful. He also throws a two-seamer.
Other Pitches: Devries curveball is his strength, as he considers it his outpitch. It is of the 12-6 variety, and he has the ability to use it in any count. Devries might have the best curveball in the organization, and he also has a changeup that is developing nicely. Overall, he has a great three pitch arsenal, that should help him immensely in the Eastern League in 2009.
Projection: This is a topic for debate, as Devries has been a starter his entire career. However, with the command that he has on those three pitches, he would be a lot more valuable as a long relief guy in the future. For now, Devries looks to stay in the rotation, but his future in Minnesota may be in long relief. If he were to make that transition, it likely won't happen until 2010.
ETA. 2010. Devries is now a seasoned minor leaguer, and he will definitely begin the 2009 season with the New Britain Rock Cats. His next plan of action could be to move to the bullpen, where he is likely to get a call to The Show much quicker. He is still a year away, and needs a solid season in the Eastern League in 2009, but he could make it to the major leagues by 2010. He will anchor the staff in New Britain in 2009, and it will be fun to watch.