Then & Now: Nolan DeVos, Davidson


David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

THEN HICKORY RIDGE HS, NC- MAY 14, 2017: Some strength in a 5-foot-9, 145-pound frame with athleticism and room to add more strength. Over-the-top slot with a slight stab at the bottom, but looseness through the slot. Tall at balance with good head stability. High leg kick with level shoulders. Works on-line. Fastball ranged 77-78, straight, but seeming to play harder than readings. Curveball is a big downer, with potential swing and miss ability. Spin ranged 63-67 with 12/6 shape and late action. Slows the arm on the breaker at times, looking for feel, but the spin got tighter as he threw it harder. Change up is a service-able third pitch sitting 69-70. Slowed the arm some, but created arm side run on the pitch.

Also a middle infielder, DeVos Some plays low and loose at shortstop catching the ball consistently with fluid footwork and clean exchanges. Hands work from the catch to the exchange point around his chin. Short arm action to a high-3/4 slot, showing accuracy and average carry. 74mph across the infield. Ran a 7.51 sixty. Right handed hitter begins with a balanced stance, loading back with some stiffness in the setup, loading with waggle in the bat head. Stride is short, at times non-existent, working to create some timing. Better than average bat speed, works level, staying gap-to-gap. Good hand-eye, showing barrel awareness throughout. Loose hands and ease as the bat enters the impact zone. Exit velocity off the bat measured at 82mph.

 

NOW DAVIDSON COLLEGE- APRIL 22, 2022: The staff ace for the best team in the Atlantic 10 Conference, DeVos racks up strikeouts with modest stuff. Listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, DeVos spent his first two years thriving in the Davidson bullpen, posting a 2.61 ERA and two saves in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign and a 1.48 ERA with eight saves and 39 strikeouts in 30.1 innings in 2021. His velocity had already spiked into the low-90s by the start of last season, and as the spring progressed he started flashing some 94s, then some 95s. He has made a seamless transition from the back of the bullpen into the Friday starter role, going 5-1, 2.22 with a whopping 75 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 52.2 innings. With an efficient spin at 2330-2400 rpm DeVos’ fastball also plays above its velocity with its ride. During his April 22 start against Rhode Island this pitch sat 90-93 while his slider was 82-84 (2700-2740 rpm) and his curve 76-77 (2730rpm).

 


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