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DeVos Selected by Astros in Fifth Round of MLB Draft

by | Jul 18, 2022

Pitcher Nolan DeVos was just drafted by the Houston Astros.

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Davidson pitcher Nolan DeVos was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round (163rd overall)¬†of the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft Monday afternoon.

The right-hander, who just completed his junior season, is the first Wildcat selected in the Major League Baseball Draft since outfielder Will Robertson went to the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th round in 2017.

The Wildcats’ Friday starter this spring, DeVos led the Atlantic 10 with a 2.40 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 12.13 strikeouts per nine innings. He also ranked fourth in the league with a 1.19 WHIP and 7.21 hits per nine innings.

In 15 starts, he compiled a 9-2 record and covered 78.2 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .216 average. His best performance of the season came against then-No. 25 Bryant in February when he tossed eight innings and struck out a personal-best 13, while allowing three hits and walking one. He also struck out 11 batters in three straight starts against Norfolk State, Lafayette and UNCG.

DeVos, who led the A-10 with eight saves as a sophomore, earned his second straight A-10 First Team honor this year after transitioning to a starting role. Additionally, he was named to the A-10 All-Championship Team and the American Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Atlantic Region Team. He was on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List and earned A-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 8 and March 16.

Comments from Davidson Head Coach Rucker Taylor
“We are excited for Nolan. He put together a great career here at Davidson and we think he has a lot of baseball in front of him. Nolan worked and made himself into a professional. Davidson was his only Division I opportunity out of high school. To have the type of collegiate career he had and now to have the chance to play professionally is a testament to his drive, ability and talent he was able to tap into. He comes from a great family and we are all excited for Nolan and his professional career.”

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