School: San Diego
Events Scouted: Cape Cod League
Covey has a powerful lower half. He's built very similar to Red Sox reliever, Andrew Bailey and also looks to be heavier than his listed weight. He's relatively thick already so he'll have to keep tabs on his frame. But, right now you have to like the durability his frame offers.
Covey's over the top arm slot and outstanding extension stand out in his delivery. He's going to have to get more consistent with his landing foot in order to tighten up his command, but overall his full wind-up delivery is a strength in his game.
Although Covey has yet to have true sustained stretches of success as a starter in college, the progression of his fastball during the game would lead most scouts to believe that it's his long term role. Covey came out in the first working at 91-93 mph, but by the fourth inning was pitching comfortably at 93-94 and bumping as high as 95-96. And, the velocity comes pretty naturally and the life is outstanding. He's not getting a ton of swings and misses right now, but his downward life is netting him a lot of balls pounded into the dirt.
The curveball is another dangerous weapon in Covey's arsenal. Thrown at 81-83 mph, it flashes plus downward bite and occasionally some two plane action. He'll have to be more consistent in throwing it for strikes, but when he can it's a swing and miss offering.
This third pitch will need to progress. Right now, Covey does not have a real answer for good left-handed hitters and he doesn't appear ready to go to this changeup all that often. When he does, it comes in at about 83-85 mph.
What Dylan Covey offers is an intriguing package of raw potential. He has the potential for two plus big league offerings, and his delivery and frame should allow him to be a starter at the next level. His command and third pitch will need to come along, but someone will take him in the top two rounds on potential alone.