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

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March 5, 2010

Dylan Covey struck out 12 in five innings in his season debut Friday night in Pasadena, showing four pitches and fastball command beyond typical high school right-handed power arms.

Covey, who played catch with his fastball at 91-92 in February at the Scouting Bureau workout, ramped up his power on a cool and damp night. He pitched with his fastball at 93-94, generating power and pounding the strike zone’s lower half. Covey’s first pitch of the game was a 93 mph fastball. His last pitch of the game, in the fifth inning, was 94.

Covey’s fastball projection is by no means finished. His easy and loose arm action will likely allow him to throw strikes at 94-96 in the coming years.

Covey threw his curveball, also a premium weapon, at 81-83 with tight rotation. It’s a harder breaking ball than most amateur prospects throw. This pitch also has projection for Covey, which means it should develop more depth and power as he ages and gains strength. He sometimes throws a softer version of it for an alternative look, at 79-81, but it’s evident that he’s differentiating the two and not hanging the harder breaking ball. He used one of the slower breaking balls for a strikeout in the second inning.

Covey’s slider at 82-83 with hard tilt is also a weapon. In one third inning at-bat, he set up with four consecutive fastballs at 92-94-93-93 before a hard 82 slider swept down and away from a right-handed hitter. From a right-handed hitter’s perspective, the pitch comes out of left-center field and finishes past first base.

He mixed in a change-up sparingly at 83-84, creating deception mainly because he does not commonly tip the pitch by slowing his arm down.

There were a few pitches in this outing he probably would have liked to have had back – a curveball that hit a batter, a change-up in the dirt and a slider in the dirt. He powered up to strike out the first three hitters he faced and the last three he faced. He gave up one piece of hard contact to the best hitter in Newbury Park’s lineup, sophomore Nick Lovullo. Lovullo struck out on a 94 fastball in his first at-bat and lined a 93 fastball to center field in his next at-bat.

Readers familiar with this site know by now that I like pitchers more than throwers. The reason is because pitchers with only power and no concept of consistent fastball command, no consistent breaking ball, no consistent change-up, and who fear pitching with their fastballs have absolutely no chance of surviving in professional baseball. I’ve said it before: radar gun readings don’t scare big league hitters. A guy has to combine power with the ability to put multiple pitches where they cannot pull the trigger. What separates Covey is the collection of weapons, the overall command, movement, and rotation of these pitches, the arm speed, the looseness, the power in his upper body and trunk. Covey is poised and sure of himself, with mannerisms that show you he believes he belongs. 

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