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

March 13, 2010

Not many high school right-handed starting pitchers can touch 95 in the sixth inning and still call that an average day.

If the first start of Dylan Covey’s 2010 season was about pure power stuff, his second start Friday afternoon was about showing he can compete with whatever works best on a given day. In six innings, Covey probably had two innings – the first and the fifth – where the stuff was as sharp as it was in the previous week. The best pitches of both innings were the harder curveball at 84, one that projects as his separating major league weapon. He pitched at 92-94 in the first three innings, and by the sixth, was still throwing 92-93.

Covey’s bullpen session produced a few more fastballs in the dirt than he would have probably liked, but he adjusted in game and consistently stayed in the lower half and battled to stay around the plate. He bumped 95 on the faster hair-dryer guns and 94 on the boxy Stalkers. It doesn’t really matter which gun. We’re not handing out speeding tickets here. The important thing is that the velocity was 91-95, averaged 92-93, and his best fastballs have either a little cut action or tail.

He frequently used a second, slower curveball at 81. This is a pitch he later described as one that just “rolls off” his fingers. The pitch has shape and basically served as a change-up in this outing. It was a pitch Covey went to frequently and with confidence.

There were a few other good scouting moments for Covey in this outing. One was a pick-off in which he came off the mound, trapped a runner, and threw him out at first. He became a shortstop for a split second right there.

There was nothing wrong with his power in this outing. For Covey, his fastball command was probably below his average, but not enough to hurt him as a prospect.

The truth is, outings like this make the difference between perceptive scouts and radar-gun readers. You need to evaluate a guy when he has to battle because he will often show you more about depth of stuff and confidence in secondary pitches than he needs to when the best two pitches do exactly what they are supposed to do 90 percent of the time.

In this case, Covey pitched with everything off his fastball, and showed he can make it work even when a fastball goes in the dirt, a hard curve occasionally stays up, and a change is the secondary curveball many college pitchers would call their primary curveball.

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