Everyone already knows who ranks at the top of our list, and he’s the same prospects that has been at the top of the majority of Jays prospects lists created. He is one of the best pitching prospects in all of MLB and should be a valuable addition to the Jays rotation in 2011. At the very top of the 4th best system in all of MLB, he is none other than….#1: Kyle Jordan Drabek
Right-Handed Pitcher / 23 years old / 6’1″ 190 lbs
Born: December 8th, 1987 in Victoria, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
High School Team: The Woodlands, Texas
Drafted: by the Phillies in the 1st rd (18th overall) of the 2006 draft
Signed: for $1.55 million by Steve Cohen (Phillies)
- His stuff is said to be even better than his dad’s, and although he may be a great athlete due to his father, it’s apparently his mother who gave Kyle his competitive edge as indicated in this Jerry Crasnick of ESPN article.
- He readily admits to his competitive edge, as he was quoted as saying that “My brother and I had some real bad attitudes growing up,” and added “We were overly competitive.”
- The Drabeks apparently live in a 17,100 square foot home. Must be nice!
- He played short-stop as a 12-year old and throughout his high school days, always ranking well within the top players on his squad offensively speaking, as well as on the mound.
- One interesting fact about his time in High School is that Kyle threw a knuckle-ball instead of a change up when he needed a different pitch to go to than his fastball and curve.
- Pitched in the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic in 2005, along with Matt Latos and Chris Tillman.
- Also in 2005, the same year he was named the