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Friday, August 6, 2021

Todd Devereaux liked to hit enough to make Division 1, turn pro; Saw two seasons, made high-A

Todd Devereaux moved from junior college up to the University of Arizona for 1988 and he promptly hit  safely in his first 17 games, The Tucson Daily Star wrote.

Devereaux told The Daily Star after the streak's conclusion that he felt he could hit anything then, but he  also never thought it would be like that.

"But I've always liked to hit," Devereaux told The Daily Star that March. "I figured that was the only thing to do. No one wants to go out and field the ball, do they? Just hit."

Devereaux went out the next year and hit in the pros. His pro career proved limited to two seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Devereaux' pro career began in 1989, taken by the Yankees in the 33rd round of the draft out of Arizona.

Devereaux went to Arizona out of Pima Community College in Arizona. He'd actually grown up in Kansas. He told The Tucson Citizen in February 1987 he made the choice for exposure.

"It's all worked out well for me," Devereaux told The Citizen after signing on with Arizona. "Better than I could have hoped for."

Devereaux' work in college then got him a shot with the Yankees. He started in 1989 at short-season Oneonta and at single-A Prince William. He got into 34 games on the year and hit .273.

He then returned for 1990 to high-A Fort Lauderdale. He got into 102 games on the year and hit .237. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,711
Made the Majors:1,258-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,453-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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