Toronto Blue Jays Send Kyle Drabek to Triple-A, Call Up Zach Stewart

Jeff WahlCorrespondent IJune 14, 2011

Sorry Kyle, that one is not coming back.
Sorry Kyle, that one is not coming back.Abelimages/Getty Images

According to several sources, including National Post Blue Jays columnist John Lott, the Toronto Blue Jays have sent struggling RHP Kyle Drabek to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51's. 

In his place, the team has called up RHP Zach Stewart from Double-A New Hampshire.

Drabek's season has been quite literally spiraling out of control since a strong start that saw him pitch seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball in his 2011 debut on April 2.

After his final implosion against Boston on Sunday, Drabek officially leads all of MLB in walks with 52 and is the only qualifying pitcher to have more walks than strikeouts (52:48).

Clearly, this young man needs to find his control, but the question being asked by Jays fans is where is Brett Cecil or Brad Mills?

Cecil lead the Jays with 15 wins last year and was sent to Triple-A to regain some lost velocity. After a pair of ugly starts to start his tour with Las Vegas, Cecil has settled down to lead the team and PCL in wins with eight (that stats sounds familiar...).

In his most recent start last night, Cecil went the distance with a complete game shutout. More importantly, he maintained his velocity in the late innings as his fastball was clocked at 90 to 91 mph.

Brad Mills is another perceived snub as the 2007 fourth-round pick has downright filthy this year. His slash line of 2.87/1.146 represents a career best as does his 2.2 BB/9. 

The word from Jays officials is that they would like to see one or two more strong starts from Cecil, but no explanation was given regarding Mills.

As for Zach Stewart, he's been at best average so far for Double-A New Hampshire. His 4.39/1.421 slash line is far from exciting, nor is the 6.3 K/9 he's sporting. However, he has been in control as his 2.7 BB/9 illustrates.

Stewart also has some of the best pure stuff in the organization with a live fastball that tops out at 96-97 mph to go along with a sharp mid 80s slider, a two-seamer with late drop and a nice changeup.

According to Keith Law of ESPN:

"I know several scouts see Stewart as a sinker/slider pen guy, but I see four pitches, a good frame, and a pitcher who likes to attack hitters. I see a potential No. 2 starter."

Stewart will be up by Wednesday and will make his debut against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.


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