From 2006 through 2009, Drabek found himself in the Phillies' minor league system. Combined, he would go 19-10 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, striking out 220 batters in 267.2 innings pitched.
2009 would be the first time that he really got the chance to show his stuff, splitting time between Single-A and Double-A: 12-3, 3.19 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 150 strikeouts in 158 innings pitched.
With the Blue Jays, he had an excellent 2010 campaign in Double-A New Hampshire, going 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, striking out 132 batters over 162 innings pitched.
He would make his major league debut in September of 2010, going 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 17 innings pitched. However, each of his three starts would qualify as a quality start.
Even the beginning of 2011 was somewhat promising, as he made the team out of spring training and pitched fairly well in his first five starts: 2-0 with a 3.30 ERA, though his 1.56 WHIP was a sign something wasn't right.
And then the wheels fell off.
By the time Drabek was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse in the middle of June, he was 4-5 with a 5.70 ERA.
Triple-A was no better for him, as he would go 3-4 with a 7.44 ERA and 2.03 WHIP over 75 innings pitched.
Upon his return to the Blue Jays as a September call-up, Drabek would get shelled again, allowing seven earned runs in six innings of work.
His struggles in 2011 aside, Kyle Drabek has been a solid performer at every level.