Giants sign Kyle Drabek, plan to convert him to an infielder

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Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Giants have signed pitcher Kyle Drabek to a minor league deal. The club intends to convert him into a shortstop. Eddy adds that the Giants also haven’t ruled out Drabek returning to pitching at some point.

Drabek, 28, was released near the end of June by the Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted in the first round — 18th overall — by the Phillies in the 2006 draft. A few years later, the club sent him along with Michael Taylor and Travis d'Arnaud to the Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay trade.

Drabek couldn’t find any success in the major leagues, compiling a 5.26 ERA with an even more disappointing¬†123/117 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 career innings. He is the son of former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek.