By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 22, 2013
Dylan Covey is a guy who has faced an awful lot of adversity in the past three seasons. I think that this guy has faced more challenges than many college pitchers his age and I don’t think that should be overlooked when he’s evaluated again in this draft cycle. You can give me a guy with an arm, you can even give me a guy with a curveball, but some guys are workers and some guys are quitters. Some guys deal with the crap they’ve been dealt and some guys turn to crap. I’ve heard people complain that Covey is soft. My reply — did your kid become diabetic two months before his first draft?
This video is a quick look from the Cape. To me, this was a guy who is still building back up. Some consistency problems in his delivery. Some cutting himself off and not getting that lead leg out. Looked like his lower half was still building back up from where he left off in high school.
The good news was he actually threw the ball OK the time I saw him — 90-93 — which is about his comfort zone, with some pretty decent life, which for Covey, usually, is a little tiny touch of sink. Not much, but just a little late life on the end. His curveball was OK — not as consistently firm as I have seen it in the past — but certainly passable. This look was way better than the look I saw at Pepperdine, which got him buried in the backend of the bullpen at the end of last season. The question I had last summer was what kind of stamina is he going to have, and that’s a medical question more than a stuff or makeup question. I felt his stuff slipped by about the third inning in this look. Now maybe that’s because he hadn’t pitched that much at the end of the college, season, for the sake of fairness. But I do think, if 90-93 with the curveball and the OK change is what you’re getting out of Covey as a big leaguer, then you have to ask how long he can do this in a game, because looking down the road, that’s the difference between being a starter and a reliever. One thing I know about this guy — he’s earned the shot, he’s worked through the condition, it never ends, and he always has to regulate and monitor it. But soft? Not a chance.