Philip Alexandre Devey
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- School University of Southwestern Louisiana
Pitcher Phil Devey pitched in the minor leagues as high as AAA and in the Olympics.
He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round of the 1999 amateur draft; he was the only pitcher taken by LA in the first 7 rounds of that year's draft. He made his professional debut with the Yakima Bears, going 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA and finishing 7th in the Northwest League in ERA.
In 2000, the southpaw had a 6-11, 3.76 record for the San Bernardino Stampede; despite having an ERA just around the team median for a team well over .500, he lost almost two-thirds of his decision, a victim of bad luck. His 112 strikeouts were four behind team leader Eric Junge.
Phil split 2001 between the Vero Beach Dodgers (2 R in 7 IP, Sv), the AA Jacksonville Suns (8-2, Sv, 3.77, 21 BB in 112 1/3 IP) and the AAA Las Vegas 51s (0-2, 18 R, .396 opponent average, 9 BB in 14 2/3 IP). Devery was again with Jacksonville and Las Vegas in '02, dominating AA (3-1, 1.91) and struggling in AAA (2-4, 5.83, .360 opponent average).
After a horrible start with the 2003 Las Vegas club (8 R in 7 1/3 IP), Los Angeles let Devey go. He split the remainder of the year between the independent Long Island Ducks (3-2, 5.77) and the Cincinnati Reds' Chattanooga Lookouts (1-2, Sv, 5.06). Devey debuted for Team Canada in the 2003 Baseball World Cup. The 26-year-old was 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA as one of Canada's better hurlers in the event.
Phil started 2004 with the independent Pensacola Pelicans and went 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA. The Seattle Mariners signed him and sent him to their San Antonio Missions club, where he had a 2-6, 4.76 record despite 71 strikeouts in 70 innings. Devey played for Canada in the 2004 Olympics; he was a late addition to the roster after the Colorado Rockies refused the use of Jeff Francis in mid-August. He appeared in one game, pitching six scoreless innings and earning a win against Australia, the eventual Silver Medalists.