Happy Kyle Drabek Day, everyone!
You’re about to get a glimpse of the future of the Toronto Blue Jays. Except JP Arencibia. He hasn’t started since September 1st, so why start now?
Anyway, the centerpiece of the Roy Halladay trade is making his Major League debut tonight against the Orioles. In New Hampshire this year, Drabek is 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 7.3 K/9 in 162 IP. That includes a no hitter a few months ago.
FanGraphs has a nice write-up on Drabek, including an excerpt from Kieth Law’s article on Young Guns. In the end, who knows what we could get tonight. It could be a stunning introduction to Toronto’s next number one or a forgettable, painful, beginning to a not-so-special career. My bet is closer to the first one.
Drabek has all the stuff to lead to a very good major league career – possibly even ace status. A mid-90s fastball (reaching as high as 97) combined with a versatile power curve and a changeup in-the-works could produce an overpowering number one.
The kid is down for 3 starts to finish this season with Toronto, giving him about 20 total more innings, which is definitely work-able. This is a nice solid introduction but not enough to totally destroy him. Drabek is a few years off a Tommy John surgery that, one could argue, even improved his game. Expect him to thrown about 85 to 90 pitches tonight.
The game is going to be on Sportsnet One, which means absolutely nothing to me but to my friends North of the Border, that sucks! Be sure to check my Twitter. If I can find it online somewhere, I’ll be sure to post it.
NEXT ON THE DOCKET…
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
September 15, 2010, 7:05 PM
By the way, we’re forgetting last nights game. Waste of my time to watch it so why would I write about it? Go Jays.
Start with a few notes from Monday’s game…
The Escobomber had another bunt single, home run, and ended up getting hit in the hand trying to bunt again later on. What is there to say about this kid? He knows how to make fans.
And than there’s Kevin Gregg. Two nights ago, you have some nastly control issuses and walk the bases loaded on the Orioles in the ninth inning and when Cito pulls you, you get all huffy-puffy.
It’s to prevent you from pulling the same crap you pulled Monday night. You went into the inning with a lead, promptly gave up two runs, and left the game with the Kansas City Royals storming the field celebrating their comeback win.
I told ya so?
Also thought I should note that Monday night, Jays prospect JP Arencibia his his 28th home run to lead all of baseball.
Can you say ON FIRE?
Can you imagine if he was in Toronto with success like that? Where would this team be, right now?
His average with PCL Las Vegas is .321 with a slugging percentage of .673 (!) and an OPS of 1.046. He has 28 homers, 71 RBI’s and 28 doubles in 81 games. Monday night’s MVP is a split between JP and the Yuni Bomber.
And on to last nights game…
This is more like it, espacially against Kansas City. Toronto routed them 13-1 after pounding out 16 hits including a pair of homers.
Jose Bautista launched his (fricking MONSTER) MLB-leading 26th and Lind hit his 13th to extend his streak to 13 games.
And Aaron Hill is above the Mendoza Line! Who called it, biatchhhhh?!
But unfortunately, Escobar wasnt in the lineup because he hurt his hand trying to bunt the other day. Sigh.
So yeah, Scrabble takes the mound tonight against Kansas City. Looking for the series win. I’ll be tweeting. Go Jays.