If one recalled, Dylan Covey was actually obtained in an in-season waiver claim from the Los Angeles Dodgers back in May this year as at the time, the Phillies were in need of pitching depth. The former first round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers back in the 2010 MLB Draft unfortunately hasn’t really taken off with his professional baseball career during the past decade, as he hopes to just have the chance to prove himself.
However, for much of the 2023 season, whether the Phillies just couldn’t find the right situations to bring him into a game or that they just don’t have that much confidence in his ability, Covey has been used very sparingly throughout the year. The most appearances he has made for the ballclub this season in one month was five, and in total, he has appeared in only 15 games all year (and one was with the Dodgers prior to the waiver claim). Overall for 2023, he is 1-3 with a 4.85 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, with 18 strikeouts in 26 innings of work.
With such infrequent usage of Covey, especially even during the times when the Phillies were plagued with injuries to their bullpen with both Alvarado and Domínguez on the IL, clearly demonstrated that he is certainly not valued highly by the ballclub, and could be expendable once the Phillies find a suitable replacement, whether later this year or by year’s end. But with the recent DFA of Andrew Vasquez, perhaps he has one more extra life left to show what he can provide the team in the stretch run.