First-Rounder Rejects Brewers’ Offer

10:08pm: Covey's father confirmed to Haudricourt that the pitcher has Type 1 diabetes and will not sign with the Brewers. (all Twitter links). Baseball Beginnings first reported that Covey has diabetes (Twitter link). The family considers the news "crushing," but Covey can look to Brandon Morrow, a successful big league pitcher with diabetes, for inspiration.

9:24pm: Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that 14th-overall pick Dylan Covey has turned down an offer from the team and will instead go to the University of San Diego. Seid says "it wasn't about money" with Covey, a 19-year-old right-hander. 

When Milwaukee drafted Covey back in June, he told reporters that there was a “really good chance” he’d sign. The Brewers will get a pick in next year’s draft (likely 15th overall) for failing to sign their selection, assuming the sides don’t reach a last-minute deal. 

18 Responses to First-Rounder Rejects Brewers’ Offer Leave a Reply

  1. dizzle4 5 years ago

    Baseball Beginnings reports that Covey has also been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which may have played a role in the two sides not being able to reach a deal.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Yeah I heard that too…If so, it’s a shame for Covey. I really had high hopes for him and hopefully he will be able to at least pitch in college if he doesn’t sign within the next 80 minutes.

  2. qudjy1 5 years ago

    LIkely 15th??? What about Loux not signing? I think its 16th at best.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      They might get the 15th and 16th depending on how the next month and a half goes for them.

      • qudjy1 5 years ago

        The 15th might be thier pick for this year, but it wont be for failing to sign covey as the article suggests.

        • They will get the 16th pick. The rule is if a high schooler doesn’t sign, you get one pick next year a position after the pick of the previous year. I wasn’t sold on this kid.

  3. damnitsderek 5 years ago

    Yikes, rough news for Covey. Best of luck to him in college, hopefully dude can still reach the Bigs someday.

  4. rzepczynski 5 years ago

    the family can also look on the jays roster at dustin mcgowan and see how diabetes has ruined his career, making it almost impossible to come back from serious injuries and basically doubling the time of recovery a non diabetic would take

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      completely wrong and inaccurate post. . Dustin had very serious shoulder surgery, a surgery I’ve had myself which ended my pitching career WITHOUT diabetes.. The frayed labrum surgery is hard to come back from regardless of being diabetic or not. .If Covey is dedicated and disciplined he can achieve anything a non diabetic athlete can achieve.

  5. rzepczynski 5 years ago

    completely wrong and inaccurate reply…. diabetes affected his recovery time on every injury he ever had, and if you notice I said serious injury… and as for your second paragraph I agree

    • Ummmm … diabetes isn’t going to affect his recovery time. Please explain how you think that is true.

      • Diabetes effects how quickly the body heals. I would know as I’m diabetic and have a cut from April that has yet to completely heal.

        • And when was the last time you had a blood test? I bet you don’t even care what your A1C is. Covey, like Morrow and McGowan will have excellent endos helping them out.

        • Everyone is different and I’m not going to go in to your cut from April. However, diabetes does NOT affect the healing period. Educate yourself. Either please post specifc reasons WHY you think it does or quit furthering other’s ignorance of the disease.

          Type 1 diabetes is already one of the most misunderstood diseases there is (most people think that it has something to do with their health, or what they ate or eat, etc.) – don’t contribute to the problem.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      Regardless of Dustin’s diabetes, his career would still be in jeopardy because of the severity of the injury, not the slow recovery time. Period. The End. .

      So if your point was, if Covey needs to get major shoulder surgery on his throwing arm, then YES his diabetes could become a concern..but then your point could be easily applied to any pitcher that has been drafted. Its the injury not the recovery .

  6. Heartbreaking story. Stuff like this really gets to me. Best of luck to him.

  7. $1742854 5 years ago

    Man, the Brewers are pathetic.

  8. Flharfh 5 years ago

    Just how where they supposed to know about this when they drafted him?

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