Pittsburgh Pirates: Checking in on Players Traded This Past Offseason

The Pirates traded a handful of players last off-season, but where are they now and how are they performing?

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kevin Newman (28) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kevin Newman (28) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Ricky DeVito

Ricky DeVito was one of the many prospects the Pirates acquired at the 2021 trade deadline. Coming in the Richard Rodriguez swap, DeVito's first full season in the Pirates' organization did not go swimmingly, though he did show some promise. DeVito had a poor 5.40 ERA, 4.69 FIP, and 1.53 WHIP through 70 innings. DeVito had a 27.7% strikeout rate, as well as a 0.77 HR/9 rate. But he also walked 13.5% of opponents.

DeVito was traded at the start of Spring Training to the Texas Rangers for utility man Mark Mathias. The right-handed pitcher has missed a good chunk of the season, only logging 27 innings thus far. However, it's been a long and rough 27.1 innings, as DeVito has 26 earned runs, has walked nearly as many batters as he's struck out with a 32:27 K:BB ratio, and has allowed four home runs in the short span of time.

DeVito is the kind of pitcher who's stuff on paper looks good, but is ruined by bad command. He typically sits low-mid-90s, and puts that together with an above average slider, and a plus-plus splitter. But as we've seen in DeVito's career so far, he has an extremely difficult time putting his stuff where he wants.