Signed for $1.2 million in 2017 out of the Bahamas, Deveaux headlined a robust 2017 international class for the Angels, along with fellow outfielders D’Shawn Knowles, Raider Uceta, and Jose Reyes. Deveaux just turned 18, and he is currently getting reps in extended spring training where he has stood out among the highest upside prospects in Arizona, a potential five-tool MLB big leaguer.
Still growing into his body and adding physicality, Deveaux is a plus athlete whose speed and defense alone set him up for an MLB future. He’s a double-plus runner, and that speed is best on display ranging to either outfield gap. I saw him in CF and RF, and the routes and reactions project to a future 60-grade glove in center with an above-average arm. Offensively, Deveaux’s feel to hit, ability to find the barrel, and willingness to go the other way are positives and quite advanced for his age. He doesn’t expand, and although he struggled with good spin, he also barreled soft stuff up in the zone. With plus batspeed and a solid approach, Deveaux projects to get to average MLB game power, tapping into most of the raw he already has.
With the caveat that prospects this age have incredibly high variance in terms of their future big league roles, I’m bullish on Deveaux’s ability to become a prime piece in an Angels farm system that’s rapidly improving. His speed and center-diamond defensive profile give a high floor, but the chance for 60 hit and (at least) average power on top of the auxillary tools makes him a top prospect follow coming out of my time scouting Extended Spring Training on Phoenix backfields.