This offseason, the Chicago White Sox picked up Dylan Covey from the Oakland Athletics’ organization in the Rule 5 Draft to add to the organizational pitching depth. Once news got out that Carlos Rodon’s bicep injury was going to keep him out long-term, Dylan Covey won a spot in the starting rotation out of Spring Training. Covey spent last season with the A’s AA affiliate, the Midland Rockhounds. In six starts with the Rockhounds, Covey went 2-1 with an impressive 1.84 ERA.

Covey has had an extremely difficult time adjusting to the major leagues. Through five starts with the White Sox, Covey is 0-3 with an atrocious ERA of 8.28. The White Sox ended up winning both of Covey’s no decisions, but Covey’s inability to pitch deep into a ballgame has a deleterious effect on the Sox bullpen. Obviously, the White Sox bullpen has been phenomenal in the early stage of this season, but a manager would always prefer to have his starter give him a lengthy start in order to preserve the bullpen. Covey’s longest start was on May 1 at Kansas City when he allowed six earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. Covey followed up that start with a terrible outing in Baltimore giving up another six earned runs in just four innings. When asked about Covey’s rotation status after this game, manager Rick Renteria declined to address the decision at that time.

The Chicago White Sox are a rebuilding team. Usually, a rebuilding team will give a fair amount of leeway to underperforming players such as Cody Asche and the aforementioned Dylan Covey, because a rebuilding team does not expect to compete. However, it seems to be a waste to have players who will have no part in a rebuilding team’s future occupy roster spots while there are young pitchers in the minor leagues ready to pitch in the MLB.

Covey is just 25 years old, but with the upcoming pitching talent the White Sox have, his stay on the south side will likely not be a lengthy one. Because of the rules of the Rule 5 Draft, Covey would be returned to the Athletics’ organization if he is removed from the 25 man roster at any point this season. Making a rotation change could result in either Covey being moved to the bullpen as a long reliever or Covey being removed from the roster and therefore the White Sox organization.

The White Sox have their options to replace Covey in Charlotte. Young pitchers such as Tyler Danish or Carson Fulmer could return to the major leagues and provide the White Sox with a better rotation option. This open rotation spot would also give MLB experience to any prospect that the Sox could call up. Rick Hahn has stated that he feels that all of his prospects need more time to develop in the minor leagues, but a prospect could provide him with a better option in the starting rotation.

Because of Renteria’s dodging of Covey’s rotation status, patience could be wearing thin with Covey. If he cannot improve his results in the near future, a change could be in order.

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