Yankee fans will their first look at the centerpiece of the Roy Halladay trade Mr Kyle Drabek, son of the ‘one who got away‘ for Yankee fans of a certain age. After being dealt, Kyle was ranked #1 in the Blue Jays system by Baseball America this past off season. He followed his impressive stint in the minors with a fine spring (2.81 ERA) and broke camp with the club. He’s off to a good start this year (2-0 3.30 ERA) for a Blue Jay club that is ranked #5 thus far in the American League in team ERA and Runs Scored. Here’s a quick scouting report of Drabek from BA:
Drabek has the stuff to pitch at the front of a rotation. His curveball is his best pitch, a power offering with 12-to-6 action and low-80s velocity. It comes out of his hand at the same height as his fastball, giving it good depth and deception that produces a lot of swings and misses. He throws two- and four-seam fastballs, ranging from 90-96 mph and sitting comfortably in the low 90s. He has good life to the two-seamer, using it to induce groundouts. Toronto challenged Drabek to get better against lefthanders in 2010—they had a .924 OPS against him the year before—and he did just that. By adding a cutter that he’d throw 10-12 times per game, he held Double-A lefties to a .227/.301/.350 line. His changeup has shown depth and sink, but he’s still refining his arm speed and command with the pitch. Drabek doesn’t have pinpoint command, but he throws enough strikes and locates his pitches well enough.
Looks like the Yanks will have their work cut out for them, we all know how much trouble they having facing rookie pitchers they haven’t seen before. It will also be interesting to see if Cervelli gets the start behind the dish. The Yanks try to give Russell Martin off when there’s a day game after a night game, but Martin and Burnett have worked exceptionally well together this year. Cervelli, however, was AJs personal catcher last year. AJ will need all the help he can get this afternoon, he’s 1-4 with a 6.50 ERA (8 GS) against the Blue Jays since signing with the Yanks after the 08 season.
EDIT-Lineups have been released. Martin is in, A-Rod is out for a scheduled day off.
Yankees 4/30 lineup vs. TOR:Jeter SS, Granderson CF, Teixeira 1B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Chavez 3B, Posada DH, Martin C, Gardner LF, Burnett P
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