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Scouting Video: Dylan Covey, RHP, San Diego (2013 Draft)

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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?

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My Scouting History: Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego (2013 Draft)

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February 18, 2013

Kris Bryant is seen here in a composite of many of the looks I had at him in the 2012 season. Since this is his draft year, take a look, and we’ll run it over.

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Scouting Video: Calvin Drummond, RHP, San Diego (2011 Draft)

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May 17, 2011

Calvin Drummond was 91-92 in this look, 93-94 when I saw him in the Fall. The big body, the frame, and the radar gun will get him in the door. What he needs to keep himself there are consistent mechanics leading to consistent stuff. He did get the full scouting card treatment from me, which automatically means your arm interests me. I have him in the 50-52 range.

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Scouting Video: Kris Bryant, INF, San Diego (2013 Draft)

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February 16, 2011

Kris Bryant goes right, right, right, center, center, center, left, left, left. Somebody taught this guy well.    (more…)

Scouting Update: Kris Bryant (20th round, Toronto Blue Jays, 2010)

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June 30, 2010

The first thing you would notice about Kris Bryant in this look has nothing to do with his power, which is his money tool that offers upward mobility. What you find is a young player trying to be the most complete player he can be, which, in effect, means playing to improve himself rather than to prove himself.

If you were around for BP, you got one ball pulled down the left-field line by the right-handed hitting Bryant, a clean shot well over and past the 330 mark. Good enough for me. I felt he was looser and more coordinated than when I saw him in Summer 2009 and felt his athletic actions were much smoother than they were in the summer. I also felt his hands and wrists are stronger, which is reflected in the quick, easy looseness from the BP swings. That’s why the power is there even if you don’t see it in a game on a given day – most guys don’t have what I would call “easy” power. Some raw power is generated by max-effort swings with multiple moving parts. I don’t like complexity in swings. I like loose and easy explosiveness with physical projection. I like effortless weight shifts, loading, keeping hands back, and throwing the head and bat speed. Bryant has a very simple swing that probably should keep him out of prolonged slumps throughout his career. He trusts his hands and his front side.

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Scouting Update: Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha (CA) HS (2010 Draft)

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May 17, 2010

Pitching in his final regular season home game, the measuring stick for where Dylan Covey’s arm strength is leading up to the draft should not be taken from a hurried look in the bullpen or even from the first few fastballs in the first inning. It should be taken from deeper into the game, when he was still showing power after nearing 100 pitches.

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Scouting Video: Paul Paez, LHP, Bishop Amat (CA) HS (2010 Draft)

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May 13, 2010

Paul Paez. The radar gun doesn’t like him as much as I want to. I have a soft spot in my baseball heart for soft-throwing left-handers with damn near 80 fastball control and the big loopy deceptive breaking ball and change-up. Area scouts can’t like this guy as a buy-out player even if they like him at heart because he doesn’t fit the pro mold. In this video, you can see this guy’s balance, repitition and arm speed. He should go play at USD and show up on the Cape and deal. You put this pitcher anywhere else in the country as a high school kid and he’d get a lot more attention than he does here. Look, I’m not saying this guy is going to show up in the big leagues. But I am saying that left-handers like this, as long as they stay away from where they know they will get hit, have a way of hanging around this game long after the people who told them they were wasting their time are off doing something else with their lives. Some of these types of pitchers wind up in big league bullpens past the age of 40. And some of them are found pitching for dollars somewhere around the globe. I’m not saying this is him. But I’m not saying it’s not, either. Thank you for your attention, now watch what a pitcher, and not a thrower, looks like. (more…)

Scouting Update: Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha (CA) HS (2010 Draft)

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May 3, 2010

After two or three consecutive starts in which many scouts expressed concern that Dylan Covey’s stuff and velocity were slipping, Covey’s start Wednesday night drew nearly as many scouts as did his season-opening start in March.

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Scouting Update: Paul Paez, LHP, Bishop Amat (CA) HS (2010 Draft)

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April 6, 2010

You might look at Paul Paez and decide that he’s a college left-hander and that will be it. What I would say is that it wouldn’t completely shock me to see Paez kicking around baseball 10 years from now, setting up hitters and baiting them up real good like he does today.

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Scouting Video: Kris Bryant, INF, Bonanza (NV) HS (2010 Draft)

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April 1, 2010

The raw right-handed power Kris Bryant projects him to be a player capable of cornerstone offensive numbers. A first baseman in pro ball in all likelihood, Bryant’s sweeping stroke and uppercut is reminiscent of run producers such as Troy Glaus and Dave Kingman. We’ve had a few looks at him here at Baseball Beginnings, and his potential warrants another look.

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