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Toronto options Drabek, calls for Stewart

Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 3:47 pm
By Evan Brunell

DrabekApparently John Farrell read my article about how the Jays need to send Kyle Drabek to Triple-A after stubbornly saying Drabek would stay in the majors.

OK, maybe he didn't. But either way, Drabek is finally headed to Triple-A to work on his command and gain confidence after walking 48 and striking out 52 in 74 2/3 innings with an unsightly 5.70 ERA.

Replacing Drabek is Double-A right-hander Zach Stewart, who was acquired from the Reds two seasons ago in the Scott Rolen trade. A former reliever, Stewart had been converted to starter and will now make his major-league debut after posting a 4.39 ERA in 69 2/3 innings down on the farm. He showed improved command this season as compared to last year, but also saw his strikeout numbers dip, which doesn't help any. Working in his favor is a high batting average on balls in play and a low stranded-baserunner rate, pointing to improved pitching down the line.

The Jays are hoping Stewart can eventually be a solid starter in the rotation and if he replaces Drabek in the rotation, will pitch against his former team of the Reds this Saturday.

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Toronto options Drabek, calls for Stewart

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Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:55 pm

Toronto options Drabek, calls for Stewart

I was hoping they would option Drabek back to AAA to get his command back, but to bring up Stewart right now maybe a bit premature, almost (and I don't want to say it) but, desperate.   Jays fans know the starting rotation has done nothing but struggle this year, and watching Drabek walk the entire ballpark in nearly every start, Jays really had no choice but to send him down.  But to bring up a AA guy right now going into the longer interplay stretch of the year just worries me.  Don't get me wrong, like Drabek, Stewart has a high talent ceiling and looks to be a strong starter in the near future.   I would have preferred to see a more "veteran" pitcher (Cecil, Mills, Richmond) brought up then a wet behind the ear rookie, but there must be something there they see in Stewart right now. 

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