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    Joey Devine was a first round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves
    Joey Devine was a first round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves

    June 7, 2005

    Joey Devine, a junior right-handed relief pitcher for the NC State baseball team was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday with the 27th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves. The Junction City, Kan., native led the Wolfpack pitching staff this season with 12 saves, 28 appearances, a 2.03 ERA and 72 strikeouts.

    Later in the draft, which went through 18 rounds on Tuesday, the Florida Marlins selected Wolfpack first baseman Aaron Bates in the eighth round, and the Chicago Cubs selected catcher Jake Muyco a few picks later, also in the eighth round.

    Devine, who earned All-America honors as a freshman and is line to repeat as a junior this season, holds the school record for career saves with 36 and is the only reliever in school history and only the third in ACC history, to record 10 or more saves in three seasons. In 48 2/3 innings pitched this season, Devine only allowed 14 runs, 11 earned, on 37 hits and 10 walks. Helping NC State to a 41-19 overall record and 17-13 conference mark, Devine shut the door on key wins over seventh-ranked North Carolina on April 29, 10th-ranked Florida State on May 21 and eighth-ranked Miami on May 25.

    Devine spent the summer of 2004 pitching for USA Baseball and led the Team USA staff with a 1-0 record, a 0.55 ERA in 10 appearances and allowed just one run on nine hits in 16 1/3 innings, walking eight and striking out 26.

    Devine most likely will begin his professional career at Myrtle Beach of the high Class A Carolina League.

    Bates and Muyco were NC State's leading hitters in 2005. Bates led the team and was among the national leaders with a .425 average, and led the Wolfpack in virtually every offensive stat aside from triples and stolen bases. He hit 16 doubles, 12 home runs, had 64 RBIs, drew 37 walks, had a .523 on-base percentage and a .678 slugging percentage. Over the last 24 games of the season, Bates batted an even .500 (45-for-90).

    Muyco, generally considered one of the top defensive catchers in the nation, batted .333 with 14 doubles and 36 home runs and had a .401 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base percentage.



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