Maybe all the self-proclaimed hype they built up around Drabek paid off. His “potential” — a term that is near impossible to access — convinced the Blue Jays to ship away their face of the franchise in Roy Halladay.
Since the move, Halladay has won a Cy Young, thrown a no-hitter in the postseason, and a perfect game, as well. Drabek, on the other hand, is floundering around the Blue Jays’ farm system after being demoted this season.
In the first month of the season, Drabek was 2-1 with Toronto and looked like a decent pitcher. But then came May and June, and with it, came his statistical implosion. He went 2-4 in the two months, finished with a 15.30 ERA in June and 47 hits in 40.1 innings in the two months.
Those dreadful numbers, specifically his last outing in which he allowed eight run to the Red Sox, led to his demotion.
Since his demotion to AAA Las Vegas, the former top pitching prospect has accounted for a horrendous 8.24 ERA in five starts, as well as a 16/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio, according to Rotoworld.com.
To add to his current landslide season, Drabek left his last outing with soreness in his trap muscle. However, he was already having a terrible start to the game; he surrendered six runs on six hits in just three innings.
It’s sad to see him struggling this bad, and I really would have liked to have seen him succeed up in Toronto, because honestly, the Blue Jays don’t have much to look forward to besides Jose Bautista making a run for 60 home runs.
But you have to congratulate the Phillies organization for this move. I know now in hindsight this deal is a no-brainer, but back then, the Phillies tried all they could to retain Drabek at the deadline because they were so high on him. Whether it was all a ploy or not, the Phillies definitely came out as the winners of that deal.