Aug 31, 2009, 2:34 PM EDT
Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek, who was reportedly deemed “off limits” in trade talks with the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, has been shut down for the rest of this season and won’t pitch in the Arizona Fall League or Florida Instructional League after logging 158 innings between high Single-A and Double-A.
He’s not injured, so the Phillies are simply keeping their 21-year-old top prospect’s workload in check after he went 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA and 149/50 K/BB ratio in his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery.
The son of former Cy Young winner Doug Drabek and a 2006 first-round pick, Drabek could work his way into the Phillies’ plans as soon as the second half of next season and has top-of-the-rotation upside.
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