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Oakland A's lose Dylan Covey in the Rule 5 draft

The Oakland A's lost 2013 fourth-round pick Dylan Covey to the Chicago White Sox in the major-league portion of the Rule 5 draft. No other A's players were selected in this year's Rule 5.

After a strong showing at the Arizona Fall League, RHP Dylan Covey will get an opportunity to make a major-league roster this spring. The Oakland A's 2013 fourth-round pick was selected in the major-league portion of the Rule 5 draft by the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Covey will need to remain on the White Sox's roster all season or be offered back to the A's. OaklandClubhouse had Covey ranked as the A's 30th-best prospect going into the 2017 season. The right-hander made only five regular season starts in 2016 due to an oblique strain he suffered in May, but he pitched well in the Fall League, helping to guide the Mesa Solar Sox to the title. Covey was part of a combined no-hitter on November 1 in the AFL and he pitched five one-hit innings in the championship game.

Below is video of Covey pitching during the AFL season.

Covey was a 2010 first-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school, but he elected to go to college after he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during a pre-draft workout. Covey has been a starter since turning pro with the A's in 2013, posting a career ERA of 4.20 with 264 strike-outs and 119 walks in 369 innings. He is a groundball pitcher with a career 2.35 GO/AO.

In 2016, Covey threw only 29.1 innings due to the oblique injury. He had a 1.84 ERA in those innings but a 26:17 K:BB. All of his starts this year came for the Double-A Midland RockHounds, his first starts above the A-ball level. Although he added a few innings during the A's fall Instructional League and 24.2 more in the AFL, Covey is more likely to move into a bullpen role with the White Sox this season. If he does join the White Sox bullpen, he could team-up with former teammate in the A's system Michael Ynoa.

Covey's best pitch is a power sinker that sits 89-92. He also features a four-seam fastball that can touch 95, a spike curveball and a split-change-up. He has also recently added a cut-fastball. He will be 25 for most of the 2017 regular season.

The A's did not have any spots available on their major league or Triple-A rosters, so they didn't select any players in either the major-league or minor-league portions of the Rule 5 draft. Covey is the only player the A's lost in either part of the draft. This is the second straight year the A's have lost a player to the major-league portion of the draft. Last season, Colin Walsh went to the Brewers in the Rule 5. Walsh made the Brewers' roster out of spring training but was returned to the A's after struggling in a bench role with Milwaukee for the first two months of the season. 

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