Drabek on Philly: 'It's a Good Match'


drabek 01.jpgKyle Drabek
is supposed to pitch in the third inning of the All-Star Futures Game today at Busch Stadium.

And he will, if it ever stops raining.

Update: Because of a lengthy rain delay, Drabek pitched the second. He threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one.

Fortunately, I had a chance to talk to Drabek a few minutes before the game. Here is what he said about pitching for the Phillies this season, and hearing his name mentioned in countless trade scenarios involving Roy Halladay.

Question: Some Phillies fans would love to see you pitch in Philadelphia this season, but Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently you are not an option in 2009. Do you understand that?
Answer: “Coming off Tommy John, they probably want me to get a full season in. I haven’t had a full season yet. But if they would call me up, I think I’m ready. My arm feels great. It gets better every day. I really can’t complain about that. I think my fastball command has gotten a lot better since the beginning of the season. My changeup is still on its way. I’m still trying to figure a few things out, but it’s a lot better than it used to be.”

Q: I’m sure you’ve heard Halladay is available and the Phillies are interested. You’re supposedly one of their untouchables in the farm system. What do you think of your name being floated in trade talks?
A: “The players like to joke about it. They’ll say, ‘We’ll see you in New Hampshire next week.’ Stuff like that. I try not to think about it too much. I try to put it in the back of my mind. I’m really just trying to go out there and compete, so I’ll have a chance to be called up sometime.”

Q: I suppose it’s good to know the Phillies think that highly of you?
A: “It’s great that they like me. I definitely don’t want to get traded. I love the Phillies organization. I’ve been hearing a lot about the fans and I want to meet them.”

Q: What have you been hearing about them?
A: “Just how they know a lot about baseball. Most places, you’ll find some people who know. But all the Phillies fans know baseball. They want to win. I’m a competitor and I want to win, too. It’s a good match.”

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6 Comments

I love Drabek and I hope he can stick around, especially since he could be ready as early as next year. Then again, if he’s the price for Roy Halladay, one has to give it serious consideration.

yeh i love drabek too and as we speak he is pitching in the futures all star game i mean if hes the key piece to getting halladay its a huge loss for the future but it puts the national league title in our back pocket so the phils gotta ask themselves is it worth it! hopefully they make the right decision and unlike years past lately i have had trust in the organization since gillick came along

I think it’s a good match too. I’m so tired of hearing about how tough we are as fans and all that crap perpetuated by the national media (read Wilbon) and how nice it is to hear somebody who knows what we’re all about here.
If he’s in the 2010 opening day rotation, it should be exciting.

We have to look at the two options for opening day 2010:

Hamels, Happ, Drabek, Myers, Blanton or
Hamels, Halladay, happ/Drabek, Blanton, Moyer

I assume that if we get Halladay we will have to give up either Drabek or Happ and won’t resign Myers to a one year Arbitratin contract. Personally, I’m not sure which rotation is best. The difference is Happ/Drabek as # 2 vs halladay, and Myers vs Moyer.

f-i-j, Moyer is going to be here next season under any circumstance because he is signed through next year for a lot of money. And I don’t think offering Myers arbitration is a very good idea. Part of the equation they would use is related to his previous salary and he is getting paid 12 million this season. Myers shouldn’t get anything close to that even on the open market, considering his injury. Arby’s a bad idea.
I want Halladay badly, but I would hate to give up Drabek because of his upside. I think they have enough pieces to make the deal and I would never let Happ be the stumbling block.
Halladay, Hamels, Blanton, Drabek and Moyer would be a formidable rotation next year. JMO.

I’d love to see Halladay pitch in philly, but NOT at the cost of Drabek or Michael Taylor. Most of the guys whom the Jays want are players who will be needed in Philly in 2010- Marson, Drabek , possibly Taylor ( Mayberry is not the player Taylor is).
Since the Phils will LIKELY win the NL East without Halladay anyway ( see 2007 and 2008 for proof) , I’m not trading 2010 to 2012’s WS chances away JUST for a remote chance to win in 2009. How much did Santana and Sabathia help the Mets and the Brewers when they were acquired? Not much.

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