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Blue Jays demote Kyle Drabek and his 5.70 ERA to Triple-A

Jun 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Kyle Drabek pitching

Kyle Drabek secured a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation coming out of the spring training, one-hit the Twins for seven innings in his first start, and had a 3.30 ERA through five outings.

And then everything fell apart for the 23-year-old prospect acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade, as Drabek posted a 7.38 ERA with a .314 opponents’ batting average and more walks (35) than strikeouts (28) in 43 innings spread over his next nine starts.

He failed to make it out of the first inning against the Indians on June 1, allowed five runs to the Royals on June 7, and got knocked around by the Red Sox for three homers and a total of eight runs Sunday. And today the Blue Jays decided they’d seen enough, optioning Drabek back to Triple-A with a 5.70 ERA and 48/52 K/BB ratio in 73 innings.

There’s no doubt that Drabek has impressive raw stuff, as he averaged 93.4 miles per hour with his fastball and flashed a potentially dominant low-90s cutter, but with a league-leading 52 walks and 10 wild pitches in just 73 innings he’s clearly not yet polished enough to thrive against big-league hitters. He’ll likely be back in the second half, perhaps for good.

  1. cur68 - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Like, who didn’t see this coming? Good luck to the kid. Being demoted worked for Ryan & Halladay. He needs some time away from MLB to get his command and polish that slider till he knows where it’s going. I’m sick of seeing that thing go sailing past Arencebia. His curve needs to be a strike every once in a while, too. It took only a few games before everyone was sitting on his fastballs and crowding the plate.

    If Brandon Morrow doesn’t start throwing strikes on the inside half of the plate, then he needs to be sent down too.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      This last weekend against the Red Sox was the Blue Jay’s young arms armageddon. I hope that Brett Lawrie is the real deal in the future, because trading Marcum (which I did not like) took away the last veteran stud starting pitcher and the youngsters are out of their depth.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    No surprise; however, the kid is only 23. Like Halladay, he will return to the AL as a much better pitcher.

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