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12/8/1987 (29 y, 2 m, 12 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 18, Overall: 18, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
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Drabek has signed a minor league deal with the Giants and may potentially move to the infield, Andrew Bagggarly of The Mercury News reports. (7/18/2016)
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After spending a successful season with Toronto's AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Kyle Drabek appears ready for the big leagues. He's not a complete product yet, but considering the Blue Jays position he could certainly earn a spot in the rotation out of spring training. In fact, the Blue Jays essentially opened one for him by trading Shaun Marcum. There will be competition, but Drabek could be the guy. In terms of what to expect, it's tough to project a player with so little major league experience. In the minors he flashed an average strikeout rate and a quality walk rate, which, combined with a two-seamer that can generate ground balls, should make him formidable in ERA and WHIP categories, if not strikeouts. He might be too risky to take in a draft, but keep an eye on him. Even if he doesn't make the Opening Day rotation he'll be up soon enough. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
As with all rookies, it's tough to peg Kyle Drabek's potential performance in 2011. If he doesn't start the year in the bigs then he'll be up soon enough, so he might be more of a waiver watcher than a late-round draftee.
Known as the pitching prospect Toronto asked for and received in return for eventual Cooperstown inductee Roy Halladay, Kyle Drabek has struggled to make the leap to the Major Leagues. After starting 2011 in the Toronto rotation, Drabek was eventually demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, where what ailed him in Toronto continued to give him problems: his command. Drabek walked more than six batters per nine innings with Toronto, and almost five batters per nine innings with Las Vegas. While it’s probably premature to label the 24-year-old a bust, he’s got nothing guaranteed coming into 2012, and, like many Blue Jays pitchers, will be fighting for a spot in the rotation, or will spend more time in the minors. Until Drabek figures it out, you’re better off staying away. But keep an eye on him. There’s no doubt he possesses the tools to be a number two or three pitcher in big league rotation, it’s how he deals with failure that will determine his fate. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
With Toronto possessing a healthy amount of pitching depth, Drabek comes into 2012 fighting for a spot at the back end of Toronto’s rotation. Until he figures out his command issues, his fantasy value is severely limited.
Kyle Drabek’s 2012 season was even more disastrous than his 2011 season. He pitched just as poorly, actually, which is rather remarkable, when you think about it, because it can’t be easy to walk almost six batters per nine innings two years in a row as a starting pitcher. But this past summer, Drabek underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career, and that's unlikely to help his control in the short term. If he returns in 2013, it’ll be late in the summer, and, provided the Blue Jays are healthy, Drabek will be far down on the depth chart. A once-promising arm, I’d say Drabek is now a work in progress; in 167 Major League innings, he’s had very little success. He’s got no fantasy value for the time being. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Kyle Drabek underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career in 2012, which means he’s unlikely to contribute until late summer in 2013. His walk rate is, frankly, insulting, and until he sorts it out, along with the matter of keeping fly balls in the ballpark, he can’t help your fantasy team. He can only hurt it. And I mean really hurt it.
The son of former big leaguer Doug Drabek missed parts of 2012 and '13 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. His stuff appears to be all the way back and his heater was sitting at 93 mph during his short stint in the majors last season. Lack of command continues to be the big issue with Drabek and the time off certainly set him back in that area of development. There should be four or five arms vying for Toronto's fifth-starter gig in 2014 and Drabek will be in that mix. However, it might be time for Toronto to look at him as a high-leverage reliever. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
With no clearly defined role at the big league level in 2014, as well as a lot of pitching depth in Toronto, it's not wise to count on Drabek for regular innings. However, the talent remains for him to eventually break out so monitor his situation closely.
Kyle Drabek was a well-regarded pitching prospect way back when for the Phillies, but he has never really panned out for the Blue Jays. From 2010 to 2012 the Jays gave Drabek 30 starts in the majors, and although he did an okay job of keeping the ball on the ground, it was not enough to make for mediocre strikeout rates and lousy control. Drabek's numbers were not all the impressive in the high minors, either. He then spent most of 2013 recovering from Tommy John surgery, and most of his 2014 pitching was done in the minors, and in relief. The Jays seem to be grooming Drabek for the bullpen, which probably makes sense at this point. His stuff is not all that impressive, but it should get the usual bump that pitchers get from this sort of move. Assuming he makes the major league bullpen this spring, Drabek is still pretty far back from the closer's spot. Whatever his past pedigree, at this point he is just another right-handed middle reliever. Barring shocking performance and/or a rash of injuries in the Blue Jays' bullpen, there is very little to see here. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Kyle Drabek might get a bit of attention because of his past prospect pedigree, but at this point he is just another right-handed middle reliever with very little fantasy value.
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