01/18/2019 - 2019 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Deven is an athletic OF/LHP prospect who continued to showcase his skills at the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament. In the field, Deven takes a good first step and displays active footwork. He gets into position on time and fields the ball out in front of his body. He makes a clean exchange and gains momentum well on his throws, keeping them accurate to his target. At the plate, this LHH sets up in an open stance with his hands held high. He is on time getting into a small load and takes a level swing path. He rotates his core well, leading to consistent contact and line drives. On the mound, Deven starts with a simple rock step and gathers to a balance point over the rubber. He stays inline towards the plate and finishes with his chest over his front knee. Deven shows a two pitch mix with his fastball topping out at 81mph. Breaking ball sits at 67mph with 2-8 break. Overall, Deven is a talented prospect who should find success in this, his senior season.
10/10/2018 - Arizona Senior Fall Classic
Deven is a long and lean 2019 2-way prospect that worked hard and was eager to learn at the event. In the OF, Deven is on time with his prep step, he anticipates the ball off the bat, and goes back on balls well. He's aggressive to the ball and anticipates the secondary play when backing up the bases. At the plate, Deven starts in an athletic stance, he loads his hands back, and keeps a quiet head. He creates backside rotation in his lower half and adjusts pitch to pitch. He needs to continue to stay back on the ball and attacks the inside part of the ball consistently. On the bump, Deven gathers over the rubber, he separates on time, and extends thru his delivery. He fields his position and holds runner. He needs to continue to work north to south and create drive off the back leg. He creates arm side run with his FB, he has a medium break on his curveball, and his changeup has late run as well. Deven will continue to improve with experience and we hope to see his progress in the future.
09/02/2018 - National Tryout Plus - San Francisco, CA
Deven continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and he is a prospect on the diamond. At the plate is where he has improved the most, now displaying tremendous hitting abilities with outstanding power potential through a squared setup. Hands are quick (86 mph exit velocity) and work through an aggressive swing path. He has strength in his swing and stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. In the OF, he displays smooth / fluid actions. He takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. Feet are active as he works to get behind balls and plays through with momentum to his target. Range is a plus as he reads balls well off the bat and covers a lot of ground. Hands / feet work well together as he gets rid of the baseball quickly with accuracy and zip across the diamond. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 80 mph. Fastball showed a range of 75-80 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 1/7 shape with late break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with arm side run. Off speed stuff show as quality pitches that will get outs at the next level. Control is well above average as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Deven has a big upside and will get looks from the collegiate coaches with his baseball abilities.
01/12/2018 - 2018 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Deven continues to show steady progress on the diamond. In the OF, he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He works to get behind balls, playing through with momentum to his target. Range is a plus as he reads balls well off the bat and covers a lot of ground. Throws display life, accuracy and on line carry as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. At the plate, he shows an athletic setup. Hands are quick and work inside the ball utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 70-75 mph with a 2/8 shape breaking ball with gradual break. Control is well above average as he attacks hitters and throws strikes with all his pitches.
12/03/2017 - National Tryout Plus - Sacramento, CA
Deven shows the makings of a special type player as he continues to show improvements in his baseball tools. In the OF, defensive abilities are now outstanding as he displays aggressive / clean actions. Feet are aggressive as he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He works to get behind balls and plays through well with momentum to his target. Glove action is soft and he presents well, utilizing two hands through the process. Range will increase as he continues to improve foot quickness. At the plate, power potential has improved, now showing well above average through an open setup. Hands are quick and work to and through a level swing path. He works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. He shows a feel for the barrel with baseball jumping off the bat when centered. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 73-78 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 2/8 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with arm side run. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to improve as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
10/18/2017 - Arizona Junior Fall Classic
Deven is a lean, athletic two-way prospect with lots of projection and the work ethic to reach his potential. He's improved significantly in the outfield with agility and reads to cover more ground and make tough plays in the gaps. He has a quick first setup with agile feet and is athletic to field with sure hands. He is aggressive at the plate, hunting for a pitch to do damage with. His hands work quickly to the ball and extend through contact to hit consistently hit hard line drives. On the bump, he shows a well-rounded three-pitch mix with an upper 70's heater that has arm side run, a 1-7 curve with bite and a changeup with good arm speed. His athleticism allows him to repeat his delivery and get in a good position to release the ball and command both sides of the plate. He attacks hitters and does a good job of changing speed and sequencing. Deven is a balanced, talented prospect with a bright future in the game.
10/05/2016 - Arizona Freshman/Sophomore Fall Classic
Deven's great attitude on the field and hunger to get better every time he takes a rep have paid dividends in improving his game. He turned in his fasted 60 time to date with a 7.76 second run and has seen improvement in the fundamentals of fielding by taking direct angles to the ball and getting good reads and jumps. He is athletic to field and presents his hands out front to dictate hops and ensure the ball stays in front of him. At the dish, he keeps his eyes behind the barrel to watch the ball all the way to contact, leading to spray ability. His lower half works well, getting good rotation through his swing and extending through the point of contact. Leveling out his swing path will lead to more consistent contact and hard hit balls. On the mound, he has a loose arm that allows him to go deep into ball games and show impressive command. He stays down in the zone with his fastball and curve, both with good movement and is a strike thrower, consistently working ahead in the count. Deven has lots of potential on the baseball field.
04/17/2016 - National Tryout Plus - Kentfield (San Francisco), CA
Deven continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities with a promising future on the diamond. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 68 mph. Fastball shows a range of 65-68 mph with sinking action. Breaking ball displays 1/7 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with arm side run. Control is a plus as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Defensive grade in the OF have improved as well. Feet are active as he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He reads well off the bat and is an accurate thrower. At the plate, hands work inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a solid line drive approach. This 2019 grad continues to work hard and will make an impact on the diamond.
01/15/2016 - Baseball Factory Spring Training in Arizona (Ages 14-18)
Deven is a hard working 2-way player (OF/LHP) who is coachable and makes adjustments quickly. In the OF, he takes a quick first step reading the ball well off of the bat. He works into position behind the ball, maintains athletic/loose actions through the ball and has a smooth transfer to throw. Continuing to develop his foot speed will aid in his defensive development. As a hitter - this LHH stands in with active hands and good balance. He gets strong separation and fires the barrel on a short/direct path to and through the ball at contact. He has a smooth stroke and barrels the ball up consistently. More power will come as he continues to add overall body strength. On the mound, Kirtley throws a FB & CB from a 3/4 arm slot. He works to a controlled balance point, has smooth separation and repeats his delivery well. FB tops out at 64 mph as he fills up the zone with strikes. Breaking ball has 1/7 shape with 'sweeping' action. He attacks hitters and forces them to swing the bat - giving his defense a chance. Deven is a gamer who shows his passion for the game every time he takes the field. A 2019 grad - he has upside and will only continue to improve.
10/18/2015 - College PREP - Santa Rosa, CA
Devin is an athletic OF who swings from the left side. Offensively, this lefty has a balanced setup with rhythm to load. He gets good hand separation, delivery the barrel with some leverage and creates consistent contact. He swings against a firm front side and works to engage his lower 1/2. In the OF, Devin has active footwork with solid routes/angles to track down fly-balls. He secures the ball with 2-hands, has a clean exchange and makes accurate throws into his target. Getting on a long toss program will help to build arm strength which will aid in his defensive development. Only a 2019 grad - Devin still has a ton of time to work on his tools and physically mature.