2003 Eden Prairie graduate, University of Minnesota alumnus, and former Twins pitcher Cole DeVries was born in St. Louis Park on February 12, 1985.
DeVries played three seasons for the Gophers before signing with the Twins as an amateur free agent in 2006. He made his major league debut on May 24, 2012 at age 27, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk over five innings in an 11-8 loss to the White Sox in Chicago. It was a rude welcome to the big leagues as A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko, and Alex Rios each took him deep. Mauer and Morneau homered for the Twins, for what it’s worth.
DeVries made 17 appearances (16 starts) in 2012, compiling a 5-5 record with a 4.11 ERA. He earned the win in his second and third big league starts, but did not win again for almost two months before winning his final three starts of the season.
DeVries made it back to the majors in September 2013, struggling through two relief appearances and two starts, giving up 18 runs on 22 hits over 15 innings. He pitched in Venezuela that winter, with similar results.
The retired pitcher still lives in Eden Prairie, and works in commercial real estate.