The good folks at Phillies Nation have made a list of Phils prospects who could be in Philadelphia at some point during the season. The usual suspects are on there…
Carlos Carrasco (BlueClaws 06), Jason Donald (07), John Mayberry Jr., Lou Marson (06)
Plus they added two possible surprises in Antonio Bastardo (07, pic) and Tyson Brummett (08).
The one guy we would add to that list is Kyle Drabek. Drabek, with the BlueClaws in 2007, has electric stuff, and even though he is coming off of Tommy John surgery, he is reportedly throwing the ball very well and many pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery stronger than before.
“The injury made him realize that he had something that was taken away from him, and he doesn’t want to lose it again,” said Steve Noworyta, Phillies Director of Minor Leagues in a January ClawCast. “He’s my gut-feel guy. It wouldn’t be surprising if by May he’s in Reading and that we’re talking about him at the end of the year.
“I see his dad in him so much. This guy is going to be something special and be a big part of the Phillies organization for a long time,” he added.
Drabek has also made some motion tweaks after the surgery, and he told BlueClaws Blog in a recent interview that he is ready to go.
“Before, I was doing a very high leg kick,” he said. “Now, I am much more level and it has helped me control my fastball.”
Don’t sleep on Drabek.