Blue Jays Call Up Drew Hutchison

If you have been reading this site then it was not surprising the Blue Jays have announced that young starting pitcher Drew Hutchison has been called up and will start the Saturday (April 21) game versus the Kansas City Royals. 

Alex Anthopoulos was on a recent broadcast discussing how he plans on utilizing the burgeoning farm system.  He commented that while player development is of course crucial eventually contributions to the big club will take precedence. 

I think this is a fine example of a guy the Jays are of course high on but feel can make an immediate impact for the big league club.  The team needs major league innings and are confident Hutchison can hold his own.  Not to say he is only an innings filler or that there isn’t some upside with “Hutch” given his solid 2011 campaign.  He went from a relative unknown prospect to a player the Jays now view as a potential big league contributor (or eventual trade chip) going forward.

Notable 2011 Stats:

(A) 2.62 ERA, 1.96 FIP, 1 HRA, 19 BB, 84 K, and 52% GB% in 72 IP;
(HiA) 2.74 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 3 HRA, 14 BB, 66 K, and 54% GB% in 62 1/3 IP;
(AA) 1.20 ERA, 1.20 FIP, 0 HRA, 2 BB, 21 K, and 21% GB% in 15 IP;
2.53 ERA, 2.14 FIP, 4 HRA, 35 BB, 171 K, and 50% GB% in 149 1/3 IP total

Here is what I wrote about him in the Top 15 Blue Jays Prospect piece:

Hutchinson has three pitches that rate as average to above average. His fastball sits in the low 90s but has plenty of movement, and he adds a solid-average slider and a plus changeup. Everything about his game plays up due to his ability to locate and set up hitters.  Hutchison’s pure stuff doesn’t blow scouts away, and he’s not especially physical, given his size can he handle 200 IPs?

His strikeout numbers were down  (6.5 K/9) to start the 2012 season in AA but he had only thrown 16.2 innings and had one game where he didn’t strike out a single batter.  He has a solid arsenal of pitches, impeccable command but is still only 21 years old so it is hard to put any real expectations on what type of success he can have at the major league level.

“We like the strike-throwing ability and his overall stuff and the ability to attack both left-handers and right-handers,” Farrell said. “We are looking forward to seeing his debut and hopefully a long fruitful career starting for him on Saturday.”

Hutchison will go a long way to helping the vulnerable Blue Jays rotation for 2012 and beyond with a solid performance Saturday.  It is sure to be a highly anticipated big league debut for Blue Jays prospect watchers.

3 Responses to “Blue Jays Call Up Drew Hutchison”

  1. 1 sami khan (@samikhanfilm) April 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    dude, this blog is great. i love the SABR heavy writing. the amount of work you put into the Bautista and Drabek pieces is incredible. keep up the good work.

  1. 1 Dr Sherri Worth Trackback on March 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

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