The run of high-impact promotions this season in Major League Baseball has been incredible. And it’s not yet complete.
According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, the Blue Jays called up right-handed prospect Kyle Drabek from Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday and plan to start him Wednesday against the Orioles.
We’ve seen great performances all around the league this year from mid-season call-ups. Mike Stanton has turned the power down with the Marlins, Buster Posey provided a spark with the Giants, and Aroldis Chapman is hitting triple-digits with his fastball for the Reds. Youngsters are making headlines all around the baseball universe in 2010. Drabek shouldn’t disappoint, either.
Acquired from the Phillies for Roy Halladay back in December of 2009, the 22-year-old righty has thrown together a 2.94 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 27 starts at the Double-A level this season. He threw a no-hitter on July 4 and has tallied 132 strikeouts in 162 innings.
The Blue Jays will go with a six-man rotation down the stretch to ensure Drabek gets regular looks.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.