|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 4|
December 8, 1987 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 15, 2010 for the Toronto Blue Jays|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||5.37|
Kyle Jordan Drabek (born December 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He made his first major league start on September 15, 2010 against the Baltimore Orioles.
Drabek attended The Woodlands High School. While there he was an Aflac, USA Today, and Louisville Slugger high-school All-American at pitcher and shortstop. Drabek was paired up on a Houston summer select team, Houston Heat, with Texas prospect and current Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. While in high school, Drabek was named 2005 and 2006 Texas 5-A player of the year. During the 2006 spring season, the Highlanders won the Texas 5-A State Championship. During his high-school career, Drabek compiled a record of 30–1 on the mound while belting 27 home runs. In the 2006 Texas regional semifinal, he set The Woodlands High School record for most strikeouts in a game by a pitcher (19), recording a no-hitter.
Minor League Baseball
In the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, Drabek was selected in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies as the 18th overall pick. He had been ranked as the twelfth-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, but was drafted in a lower position because, at the time of the draft, there were concerns about personal incidents. Marti Wolever, director of scouting for the Phillies, stated of the issues that the Phillies "feel very good about this selection. We think everything is behind him and we're moving on." The Phillies opted to develop Drabek as a pitcher in their farm system.
Drabek learned from the experiences of his father. He also described his father's involvement to be "like having a pitching coach who lives with you ... He taught me so much, not only about the physical part of the game but the mental part too."
"What kind of things I should expect. I think it's going to give me a little bit more of an advantage because he's been through everything. I know what to look out for because of him."
He made four pitching appearances in the Gulf Coast League (for rookies) since his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He was then promoted to the Short-Season A Williamsport Crosscutters. After a dominant start to the season with the Class A–Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Drabek was promoted to the Class AA Reading Phillies on June 1, 2009. He was invited to the 2009 All-Star Futures Game, in which he pitched one inning.
Drabek received the Paul Owens Award from the Phillies in a pre-game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2009.  The annual award is presented to the top pitcher and the top position player in the Phillies' minor-league system.
Drabek was one of the key players involved in "The Doc Deal", the trade which sent Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay to the Phillies in exchange for Drabek, Travis d'Arnaud, and Michael Taylor in early December. He was officially announced as a member of the Blue Jays on December 16, 2009. Drabek threw the second no-hitter in Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats history on Independence Day, 2010. The final score was 5-0 over the New Britain Rock Cats, as he walked two and struck out three.
Drabek was voted the 2010 Eastern League pitcher of the year. Drabek attributed some of his success to a more consistent delivery, for which the point of release for different pitches appeared the same to batters. “In the beginning, it was like I had different movements for different pitches. Now, everything comes the same and everything stays the same.”
Major League Baseball
The Blue Jays announced on September 12, 2010 that Drabek would be promoted to make his major league debut on September 15. At the time, he was considered the Blue Jays top pitching prospect and amongst the top prospects in baseball. On April 2, Drabek earned his first Major League win against the Minnesota Twins, throwing 101 pitches through 7 innings, with 7 strikeouts, giving up only 1 hit and 1 earned run. His father, Doug Drabek, also earned his first career win against the Minnesota Twins in 1986.
In the fifth inning of his June 13 start against the visiting Washington Nationals, Drabek "felt a pop in his elbow" during the fifth inning while pitching to Michael Morse. With a one-ball, one-strike count on Morse, Drabek exited the game and was replaced by Aaron Laffey. Drabek was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 15 with a right elbow sprain. On June 18, it was announced that Drabek would undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career, ending his 2012 season. On May 7, 2013, it was reported that Drabek was on track to return in mid-June, one year since undergoing surgery.
Drabek started his rehab assignment with the Class A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays on June 22, 2013. On July 5, Drabek was taken off the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Dunedin. He was promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on July 29, and to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on August 14. He was recalled by the Blue Jays on September 3 after the Bisons season ended, and the major league rosters expanded. Drabek made his 2013 major league debut on September 7, in a game against the Minnesota Twins.
Drabek was optioned to the Buffalo Bisons on March 16, 2014.
Drabek throws a four-seam fastball clocked between 90–96 mph, a curveball in the 79–83 mph range, a cutter with a velocity between 89–95 mph, and a changeup in the 83–86 mph range. Drabek is known for his extremely poor control at times and at one point, he led the league in walks.
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- Drabek to join Blue Jays' bullpen Wednesday
- Elbow sprain forces Drabek to disabled list
- Drabek to have second Tommy John surgery
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