Kyle Devin is finally home for the summer and he couldn’t be happier.
The former Classical High baseball standout is back playing with the North Shore Navigators after starting the summer baseball season as a temp with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the North Woods League and then playing for the Seacoast Mavericks in Portsmouth, N.H.
Devin has bounced around a bit since graduating from Classical in 2013. He played for Stony Brook University as a freshman, but transferred to the University of Rhode Island his sophomore year. Because of the transfer, he had to sit out baseball for a year. He’ll be a redshirt sophomore when he returns this fall.
Devin is no stranger to the Navigators, having played during the summer of 2013. This year he decided to give the North Woods League, which he described as being similar to the Cape Cod Baseball League, a shot. He was on a one month contract, but once players started returning from their respective regionals and super regionals and the draft was held, there wasn’t a roster spot for him so he headed back this way.
Devin tried to get back on the Navigators, but at the time there wasn’t a spot available. The Seacoast Mavericks, who play in the same league as the Navigators (Futures Collegiate Baseball League), picked him up and a week or so after playing with the Mavericks, he was on the move again.
“Seacoast gave me an opportunity to come play with them,” Devin said. “A week or so later, I got the call. I got traded (to the Navigators) and I was coming home.”
Devin has been back in a Navigator uniform for 10 games and he’s thrilled.
“I’m super excited to be home,” Devin said. “It’s good to be around friends and family. It’s good to be in my own backyard where my friends and family can come to my games.”
Devin will be vying for a catching job when he returns to URI, but this summer he’s been a jack of several trades. Devin said he’s comfortable playing the corners and right field or whatever it takes to get his bat in the lineup. So far with the Navigators he has been a designated hitter and played third and first base. In his last game, on Sunday, he was behind the plate. He had three hits and three RBI. Overall Devin is hitting .317 with two doubles and nine RBI. He hit .323 with three doubles and four RBI with the Rafters.
Devin’s parents, Bill (the Classical High athletic director) and Lynne have been spending some time at baseball fields this spring and summer. Kyle’s younger brothers, Brandon and Sean, played for Classical and Sean is currently playing Legion baseball. The y
oungest Devin, Matt, played Babe Ruth.
Devin said he’s thankful to the Seacoast Mavericks for getting him back in the FCBL and to the Navigators, for giving him an opportunity to play this summer. He’s also grateful to his parents.
“They’ve been there every step of the way,” Devin said.
Devin said he’d love to have an opportunity to play baseball after college. His long-range goal (he’s a criminal justice major) is to be a state trooper.