The deadline for signing picks from this year’s First Year Player Draft passed at 11:00 PM on Monday night. The Brewers agreed to deals with most of their top picks, but did not agree to terms with first rounder Dylan Covey, a high school starting pitcher out of California. I wrote up a quick profile here, and here’s a Baseball America feature on him.
Covey looked like a promising young arm, even if he was likely a few years away from the big league club. However, the reason that he signed wasn’t about money. It was about a diabetes diagnosis that was only found recently, and the Coveys felt that Dylan would be better served playing college ball at University of San Diego, near his home, as opposed to starting a difficult minor league career, likely in either Helena or Appleton.
Personally, I would think that the $2-3 million dollars that would be coming Covey’s way if he signed with the Brewers would be better for treating his diabetes than remaining close to home. Still, if the family believes that it’s best for him to avoid the minor leagues and instead choose college, that’s their decision. It’s just unfortunate that the Brewers miss out on a first round pick due to what can really only be considered a freak situation.
Not all is lost here, though, as the Brewers will pick up a compensatory pick at #15 in the 2011 draft (possibly later if other first rounders go undrafted, but close to 15 for sure), a draft that is deep, particularly in the area of college pitching. Combine that with the top 15 pick that the Brewers look to get this year, and the Brewers should load up in a stacked draft. That’s the silver lining here, and the Brewers did draft some other interesting players – see the full list here.