Thursday, September 16, 2010
Deliver Us From Drabek
By Ian Hunter
Kyle Drabek's big league debut was fairly successful and for a guy making his very first start in the Major Leagues, he didn't seem all that nervous. The Baltimore Orioles collected 9 hits off Drabek through 6 innings of work, and he fanned five.
After giving up two leadoff singles to start the game and then the runners advancing on a double steal, Drabek could have easily lost his composure in the first inning. But he kept his cool and remained fairly consistent the rest of the game.
Kyle Drabek's downfall was that he got behind in the count way too often. Out of the 27 batters he faced, Drabek was behind in the count 1-0 a total of 15 times. He also surrendered three first pitch singles, but got ahead of opposing hitters 0-1 a total of 8 times.
It's difficult to nitpick Drabek's debut because it was the very first of what are hopefully many more starts to come in the future. Even though he's pegged as a power pitcher, the most lethal part of his pitch repertoire was what Pat Tabler referred to as a "spike curve".
You could tell from the replays that some of the Orioles had an extremely tough time picking up the curveball (especially the lefties) and were swinging at it just above the dirt. It's a phenomenal strikeout pitch and I can see him having a tremendous amount of success with that pitch in the future.
All in all, it was a pretty great debut for the Blue Jays number one prospect. kyle Drabek didn't really blow anybody away a la Stephen Stasburg, but he was no slouch either. Of course, it would've helped if his teammates picked him up for a few runs, but that's another story altogether.
Welcome to the big leagues Kyle Drabek, glad to have you along for the ride.
Just a piece of advice you might want to pass onto your pops: by the looks of his wardrobe, it looks like he's been hanging out with Buck Martinez.