Cam Devanney resurrected his professional baseball career in 2022, and he is now just a few days away from learning which MLB club believes he has a path to the big leagues.
The team that drafted Devanney out of Elon University in the 15th round of the 2019 MLB Draft -- the Milwaukee Brewers -- has until Nov. 15 to place the Amherst, N.H., native on its 40-man roster. Otherwise, he will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 7. If left unprotected, any of the other 29 MLB clubs can pay $100,000 to select Devanney.
It would have seemed unfathomable for Devanney to earn a spot on Milwaukee's 40-man roster -- or that of any other team -- after the 2021 season, when he struggled to a .531 OPS in Double-A. With his pro career hanging on life support, the North East Baseball product had a career year in 2022, smashing 20 home runs and 28 doubles in 115 games for Double-A Biloxi. He earned a promotion to Triple-A late in the season, leaving him one step shy of the big leagues.
A Central Catholic (Mass.) alumnus, Devanney shared his feelings with New England Baseball Journal on what could be a career-defining week.