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Former Gophers righthander Cole DeVries is on a big run for Class A Fort Myers.
DeVries, 23, pitched a complete-game victory Wednesday, improving to 7-6 with a 2.45 ERA for the Miracle. But his best work has come since May 11. He is 5-2 with a 0.61 ERA during that period, with 43 strikeouts and 13 walks.
"He competes and battles and has done a nice job despite not getting a lot of run support," said Jim Rantz, Twins director of minor leagues.
DeVries, from Eden Prairie, wasn't in the rotation the first week of the season because Francisco Liriano was with Fort Myers to finish his preparation for the regular season. Once Liriano was called up, DeVries became the least-heralded member of a starting rotation that included righthanders Jeff Manship and Deolis Guerra and lefthander Tyler Robertson.
But DeVries slowly made a name for himself by keeping his walks down and using his 12-6 curveball effectively. He hits 88 to 90 miles per hour on his fastball and also uses a changeup.
"He's definitely a prospect," Rantz said.
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