I see you out there, gingerly stepping aboard the James Shields train and I am more than happy to say welcome! And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further. Let’s welcome back one Mr Dylan Covey to our starting rotation.
I know what you’re thinking. Hey Chorizy, this guy has a 7.58 career ERA. Yes, yes he does. But there is something about this guy that I like. I mean, I’ve talked a lot about how it’s important to be a groundball pitcher in this park. And you gotta feel for this kid as he was drafted by Milwaukee only to find out he was diabetic. Then in his go around with the A’s, an injury caused issues with his development that lead him here. Then he got hurt here. But that’s not it, there’s just something about him.
Now, if we look at his minor league career, while it wasn’t great in the lower levels, it appears that the control kicked in at some point. His AA and AAA numbers, although a small sample size are very good. You could imagine that if he truly has fixed his control issues, he could be a solid back of the rotation guy or a longman out of the pen. But I don’t think it’s his overcoming of his control issues that has me excited. You know what, I can’t figure it out, just something about this kid that I like.