Blue Jays Prospect Kyle Drabek Throws No-Hitter at Double-A
Drabek, acquired in the December trade of Halladay from the Phillies, threw a no-hitter for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday, walking two and facing 28 batters overall after a double play wiped out one of the baserunners in the fifth inning.
Drabek struck out three batters, and, according to John Habib of the Union Leader, didn't need any particularly great plays from his defense to complete the no-no. It's the first time any member of the Fisher Cats has thrown a no-hitter in a nine-inning game.
The no-hitter gives some hope to Jays fans who hope that the youngster can live up to two Cy Young-winning right-handers. There's Halladay, of course, but also Doug Drabek, Kyle's father, and the 1990 National League Cy Young winner with the Pirates.
The younger Drabek improved his record to 8-8 on Sunday and has a 3.20 ERA in 17 starts this season. The Blue Jays think he can be a front-of-the-rotation starter for them, perhaps as soon as 2011, although he still has work to do before he can make good on that projection.
He's walked 45 batters in 107 1/3 innings this season, a sharp increase from 2009. He is also striking out fewer batters per nine innings. If he can change that trend over the second half of this season, there might be a spot for him in the Toronto rotation come next summer. The Jays have more depth than you might imagine among their starting pitching, but they're short on guys who are as easy fits as the man they traded for Drabek in the offseason.