Acquired: Acquired from the A's in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft (CHW). Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (OAK).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2016 Season Stats: Went 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA in six starts at Midland (Double-A), striking out 26 while walking 17 and allowing 21 hits in 29 1/3 innings.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Broke camp with the team out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 04/14/17
|April 14, in a 2-1 win over the Twins. The starting pitcher, he did not get a decision, allowing one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking three while striking out one. After leadoff hitter Brian Dozier singled to right field and stole second, Robbie Grossman drew a walk before Joe Mauer grounded into a 6-3-5 double play. Miguel Sano then popped out to second base for the third out. In the second inning, Max Kepler led off with a double to right field and moved to third on a passed ball which allowed him to score the Twins' lone run when Jason Castro grounded out to second. Jorge Polanco then doubled to right field but Eddie Rosario grounded out and Byron Buxton struck out swinging to end that threat. In the third, after Dozier walked, both Grossman and Mauer grounded into force outs and Sano grounded out to end the inning. Kepler and Castro flew out to right field and lined out respectively to open the fourth before Polanco reached on an infield single, but Rosario's ground out left him stranded. In the fifth, Buxton grounded out to third before Dozier doubled to left but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, after which Grossman flew out to left field. Maurer grounded out to open the sixth but after Sano drew a walk, Covey's night ended as left-handed reliever Dan Jennings came on in relief and left Sano stranded.|
|One of several 2016 Rule 5 draft picks who stuck this spring, Covey was the last of the crew to actually make his MLB debut, sitting in the bullpen for nearly two weeks before finally getting the call, and when the big day came it was as a starter. He had actually been a first-round pick out of high school in 2010 by the Brewers but was diagnosed at the time with Type 1 diabetes, which led to his decision to go to college and learn to deal with his condition before turning pro. He was drafted again out of the University of San Diego three years later. A torn oblique suffered in 2016 cut short what had started out as a very promising season at Midland (Double-A) in his sixth start, but he made up for some of the lost time in the Arizona Fall League. Armed with a fastball that touches the middle 90s and still working on overall consistency in his delivery, Covey's arrival in the big leagues may have been clinched when starter Carlos Rodon went on the DL at the end of spring training. Now it's up to him to make the most of the opportunity.|