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.
Mets’ left-hander Steven Matz will miss his Grapefruit League appearance on Monday after experiencing soreness in his left elbow, according to a report by Mike Puma of the New York Post. Matz reportedly first felt discomfort in his elbow on Wednesday after pitching four innings against the Marlins, but a medical evaluation revealed no structural damage.
Still, it’s unsettling news for the 25-year-old, who is coming off of an injury-riddled 2016 season. Matz pitched to a 3.40 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 during his sophomore campaign with the Mets, but his success was hampered by a bevy of shoulder and elbow issues that culminated in season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.
Comments from Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson indicated that while the club doesn’t believe anything is significantly wrong with Matz’s elbow this time around, the setback could have an impact on his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster. Until he’s cleared to return to the mound, the club is expected to take a longer look at rotation candidates Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler and Seth Lugo.
Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.
Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).
Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.