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Top prospect Kyle Drabek secures spot in Blue Jays’ rotation

Mar 23, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

Kyle Drabek pitching

Brandon Morrow beginning on the season on the disabled list ends whatever competition there was for rotation spots in Blue Jays camp, so 23-year-old top prospect Kyle Drabek has won a starting job.

In fact, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that Drabek will take Morrow’s place in the rotation and pitch Game 2 behind Opening Day starter Ricky Romero. Brett Cecil, Jesse Litsch, and Jo-Jo Reyes will fill out the rest of the rotation.

Morrow is hoping to miss just one start, but slotting Drabek into the No. 2 spot indicates that the Blue Jays have no plans to send him back to the minors.

Acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade and ranked by Baseball America as 29th-best prospect in the game this year, Drabek had a 2.94 ERA and 132/68 K/BB ratio in 162 innings at Double-A last season before going 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA in three September starts for the Blue Jays.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    He will be second because the Jay’s want a lefty, righty, lefty combination at the top of the rotation. He had made the rotation last week because of a strong camp. The pitcher on the bubble was Reyes. His start tonight against the Yankees was to be his big chance to impress. As Morrow is currently expected to only miss 1 start, both Reyes and Litsch will still be pitching for a job once the season begins. As far as Morrow is concerned, he says that his arm now feels OK, but the Jays want to be cautious..

  2. fuggles7 - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    According to Gregor Chisholm of “Toronto is expected to open the rotation with Ricky Romero as the No. 1 pitcher, followed by Drabek, Brett Cecil, Reyes and Litsch. The order is based on the club’s Spring Training pitching schedule to allow proper rest for all members of the staff.”

  3. cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    More like it Gleeman. Now throw a little love at the kid so I can go brag to those Philthy Phans…

  4. bigtrav425 - Mar 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    was waiting for this before i picked him up in fantasy baseball!…il def have to pick him up in my keeper league

  5. xmatt0926x - Mar 23, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    I hated to see him go in the Halladay trade but I guess we Phillies out there fan can’t complain too much. Perfect game, no-hitter in playoffs, and Cy Young in Roy’s first season. I’m rooting for Drabek to do well. (it’s easy since he’s in the other league, of course).

  6. macjacmccoy - Mar 24, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    Blue Jays got a hell of a player in Drabek. i watched him in the minors a couple times and he was dominant. To bad for Jays fans that he’ll probably be traded to a contender in the next 2-3 years.

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