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Prospect Reports: Dovydas Neverauskas Flashing a Plus Fastball

On a beautiful 60 degree spring afternoon in Charleston, the West Virginia Power sent Lithuanian righty Dovydas Neverauskas to the mound. Neverauskas would not only face a very good hitting Delmarva Shorebird line-up but also one of Baltimore’s top pitching prospects, Hunter Harvey, as his mound opponent. In the end, Neverauskas out-dueled Harvey to earn his third win of the season. Below is a breakdown of Neverauskas’ pitches on the day.

Fastball

Neverauskas featured a plus fastball all game long. He controlled the pitch from the first inning through the fifth and did not walk one Shorebird batter. The pitch ranged from 92 to 96 MPH on the Appalachian Power Park radar gun but mostly sat in the 93 to 94 range.  Of the batters he faced, he only struck out two, but he produced weak contact during his entire start. When the Shorebirds did get a runner on, Neverauskas was able to control the fastball down in the zone to produce ground balls. The Power defense turned two nice double plays to keep him out of trouble. (READ: Prospect Watch: A Good Report on the Defense From JaCoby Jones)

Changeup

As with many of the young pitching prospects at this level, the Pirates encourage them to first learn fastball control. This seems to be the plan with Neverauskas, who only threw the changeup a few times his second time through the Shorebirds lineup. The changeup registered 87 on the gun each time and the opposition did not put it in play.

Curveball

During the game, Neverauskas threw what appeared to be a curveball only one time. The pitch came in at 81 mph, on a two strike count to a right-handed batter. Neverauskas delivered the pitch low and off the plate attempting to get the Delmarva batter to chase for strike three. The batter held his ground and the pitch was called a ball.  This was the only time that I noted that the pitch was used.

Overall

Due to the limited use of his off-speed offerings it was hard to get a read on if these pitches will become weapons in the future for Neverauskas. The fastball however, was a plus offering today. If Neverauskas continues with the plan and is able to command the fastball down in the zone for strikes it could set him up for more starts like today. Once he starts to incorporate his secondary pitches more, I can see his strike out totals spiking upwards.

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Scott Sypien

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Scott now makes his home in the suburb of Bethel Park. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications Science Disorders and has always has a passion for writing. In 2012 Scott created chasingmlbdreams.com, where he interviews and follows minor league prospects as they chase their way to the major leagues. With the start of chasingmlbdreams.com he started chasing his own dream to become a professional baseball writer in the wonderful game of baseball.

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  • emjayinTN

    Scott: Excellent write-up with all of the info that we do not get from a box score. This kid was sort of a mystery man but throwing a shutout with only minimal use of anything other than his fastball is an excellent accomplishment for a 21 year old. Was he originally a part of the Rotation?

    • Scott Sypien

      Dovydas has been used as a starter for most of the time he has been in the Pirates system. Being signed out a country that isn’t know for its baseball in Lithuania he still has a lot of potential to grow and improve as a pitcher. Neverauskas has been in the West Virginia rotation all season starting 8 games.

  • Scott Kliesen

    Nice read Scott. Good to get some insight on a young pitching prospect. Wish the site had more of these type articles.

    • Scott Sypien

      Thanks Scott, I try to get to as many minor league games as I can in the summer. Sometimes they are not always games which feature a Pirates affiliate. When I do however I am always willing to contribute to Pirates Prospects if I can.

  • BallHeadWonder

    Nice read Scott….I am following the guy because I love the name!! Never-rous-cus!!! I know I have butchered the name up, but who cares, I hope the dude can stay the course!! These are the diamonds we have to find and polish up so they can shine in the Majors!!

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