Now, don’t get confused by the title of this post and start thinking that Alex Anthopoulos was being overly critical of his young pitcher– the “it” he was referring to Kyle Drabek finally starting to get, when he appeared on the Fan 590′s Brady & Lang this morning, is the ability to repeat a delivery that doesn’t see him land falling off the mound to the first base side, allowing him to better command his pitches.
“He’s the guy who is really starting to open some eyes, and the biggest thing is from a mechanical standpoint– from a strike-throwing standpoint. You guys have seen him plenty: great stuff, velocity, curve ball. The stuff is there, it’s matter of throwing strikes and command.
I’ve always compared him, in terms of delivery– I remember when Romero was in the minor leagues, and he was in New Hampshire for three years, pretty much, putting up 5.00 ERAs, and he always had good stuff and [the concern] was the ability to throw strikes. There was a similarity that they did in their deliveries. They would fall off the mound, after they threw a pitch, to one side– obviously with Romero he’d fall off to third base, and Drabek would fall off to first base. But Kyle’s finally starting to get it now, and I’m curious to see how it translates to games.
We’re going to see it tomorrow against the Pirates, but he’s starting to make strides, and our development staff and the big league staff has really done a great job with him. So, he’s finally starting to turn the corner. He’s not all the way there yet– because he will revert back [to his old delivery]– but I was more encouraged about his last– the outing that he showed here– than I’ve been about him in a long time.”