Phillies prospect Drabek is healthy, but shut down for the year

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Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek, who was reportedly deemed “off limits” in trade talks with the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, has been shut down for the rest of this season and won’t pitch in the Arizona Fall League or Florida Instructional League after logging 158 innings between high Single-A and Double-A.
He’s not injured, so the Phillies are simply keeping their 21-year-old top prospect’s workload in check after he went 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA and 149/50 K/BB ratio in his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery.
The son of former Cy Young winner Doug Drabek and a 2006 first-round pick, Drabek could work his way into the Phillies’ plans as soon as the second half of next season and has top-of-the-rotation upside.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.