- Full name Matthew Phillip Dermody
- Born 07/04/1990 in Norwalk, IA
- Profile Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: L
- School Iowa
- Debut 09/03/2016
- Drafted in the 28th round (835th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.
Organization Prospect Rankings
The long road to the 40-man roster for Dermody included plenty of twists. The Iowa native wound up being drafted four times--once out of high school and three times with the Hawkeyes. He was set to sign in 2012 with Arizona before a physical showed an elbow injury. He recovered with rehab rather than surgery, pitched 94 innings the next spring and has stayed healthy as a pro. The Blue Jays shifted him to the bullpen in 2014, and he took off in 2016, walking just eight in 54.1 innings. Dermody commands a fastball in the 88-92 mph range, notable more for its high spin rate and armside sink. He gets good extension out of his 6-foot-5 frame and generally keeps the ball down, giving up just three homers in the last two minor league seasons, spanning more than 130 innings. Dermody's short low-80s slider, an average pitch, generates more groundballs than swings-and-misses. Dermody will battle low-slot lefty Chad Girodo and hard-throwing but wild Tim Mayza for a lefty relief spot in Toronto in 2017.