It’s been a while, eh? Save for the All Star Break, the Blue Jays haven’t had a day off since the 8th of July and although this is far from being problematic for us fans, it has limited our chances on checking in on the old farm system.
Thursday’s marquee MiLB match up takes us back to New Hampshire as the 55-59 Fisher Cats look to take the rubber match in a 3 game set vs the 57-58 Bowie Baysox.
On the hill for New Hampshire is Kyle Drabek, Toronto’s rehabbing 25 year old hurler who makes his 1st return to Manchester since 2010, the year he tossed a No Hitter as a member of the Fisher Cats.
Drabek was shut down last season following a June 13th start at SkyDome that saw the righty last a mere 4.1 IP before he was forced to leave the game after what he reffed to as a popping sensation in his right elbow.
5 days later we learned that the then 24 year old Drabek would require season ending Tommy John surgery diagnosed by Dr James Andrews, an expert in the field. This would be Drabek’s 2nd go around with the surgery as he had already gone under the knife back in 2007 while still a member of the Philadelphia Phillies farm system.
They surgery was a success and Drabek was with the club in Spring Training however he did not pitch again (competitively) until mid way through the season, making his first appearance with the Dunedin Blue Jays on June 22nd.
With Dunedin, Drabek posted a 2.61 ERA over the course of 8 games (20.2 IP) and as planned he joined the Fisher Cats on August 2nd, throwing 4 innings of 1 Run ball in the New Hampshire Win.
Thursday night will be Drabek’s second start with New Hampshire as he continues to be stretched out in hopes of a potential call up come September, his 3rd trip to the Bigs.
Other stand outs on the current Fisher Cats squad include a pair of Infielders in Andy Burns (.222/.278/.419) and Lance Zawadski (.316/.350/.316) not to mention top Catching prospect, A.J. Jimenez who continues to have an impressive season as he, like Drabek, is also coming off Tommy John Surgery, posting a .281/.330/.368 line in 43 AA contests.
As always, you can follow along with the action starting at 7:05 on the teams website - http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t463.