Ricky DeVito’s splitter
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Ricky DeVito in the trade that sent Richard Rodriguez to the Atlanta Braves. DeVito was an 8th round pick by Atlanta in 2019, and while he’s only pitched 57 innings as a professional, he’s been quite solid with a 3.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 4.12 FIP.
DeVito’s arsenal consists of a four-seam fastball that averages out in the mid-90’s, a curveball that grades out around average, and a splitter. The splitter is the pitch I want to focus on today. It’s a very effective offering that FanGraphs sees as a 60-grade pitch. Going into 2021, it was one of the best off-speed offerings by Braves’ prospects.
DeVito’s splitter has deceptive movement. It’s a pitch he can rely for the long term. His splitter has late dive that helps get his fair share of swings and misses. While the right-hander might need to refine his command, DeVito, at the very least, has the outlook of a reliever. If his fastball and curveball can play up to an average or better level, he might just be one of the lesser talked about starting pitching prospects in the Pirate system.