It was just the third no-hitter in Arizona Fall League (AFL) history and it was history made by two Oakland Athletics’ prospects and one Miami Marlins’ prospect on Tuesday, while most of the rest of the world was gearing up for Game 6 of this year’s World Series.
Right-hander Dylan Covey, 25, who was first drafted in the first round out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 but decided to continue on to college at San Diego State University, was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the third round of the 2013 amateur draft. He started Tuesday’s AFL game but he unfortunately knew he was only pitching five innings in the Fall League game for the Mesa Solar Sox against the Scottsdale Saguaros saying afterwards,
“I knew I hadn’t given up any hits, but I knew I was only going five.”
Thankfully, his Solar Sox teammates were there to back him up to make history. Another A’s prospect and right-hander Frankie Montas, who had been turning heads this fall with his triple digit fastballs, was there to pick up the slack through the eighth inning. While Drew Steckenrider of the Marlins’ organization closed out the final frame.
Montas and Covey both missed time with injuries this season, hence their presence in the AFL. Montas has been spectacular, having not allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings of work in just four weeks of the AFL season.
Covey has regained some important prospect status thus far this fall He had been until Tuesday on the boarder of dominant but his performance against the Saguaros secured that word to his name. He needed just 44 pitches through five no-hit innings.
With Montas, who was acquired in the deal that sent right fielder Josh Reddick and starter Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers at this year’s trade deadline, finally healthy and dealing triple digits Covey brings a different style of pitching to the table but it certainly isn’t any less spectacular.
Covey is a for the most part a ground ball pitcher with a fastball that hits in the low to mid 90’s. He also brings to the table some some very decent secondary pitches according to FanGraph’s Eric Longenhagen including a mid-80’s splitter, a slider that tops out around 86 MPH and a curve ball. While his secondary pitches could use a little work, they appear to be not far from becoming plus-pitches.
Things are looking up for this latest crop of A’s (and Marlins’) young pitchers. From injuries to a combined no-hitter, don’t be surprised if you hear these names again sooner than you think.
— William Boor (@wboor) November 1, 2016