Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays have been starving for some positive news to come out of those vying for a spot on the team’s starting pitching rotation. It’s been tough to figure out who is going to be able to round out the rotation and actually have the ability to give their team a chance to win every five days. However, Drew Hutchison took it upon himself to deliver in a big way during his outing against the Boston Red Sox on Friday afternoon, and now should be a lock to be featured on the Jays’ 40-man roster come Opening Day.
After striking out seven batters in just 4.2 innings pitched against the Red Sox, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Hutchison has the type of stuff that can make someone look absolutely ridiculous while at the plate. Although he racked up a high ERA of 4.60 through 11 appearances in 2012 before being shut down and undergoing Tommy John surgery, the righty managed to strike out 49 batters in 58.2 innings pitched. Not too bad for a rookie that was drafted in the 15th round of the 2009 amateur draft and seemed to come out of nowhere.
After sitting out for most of the 2013 season and devoting his time to recovering from the surgery that’s otherwise known as a pitcher’s worst nightmare, Hutchison is now proving that he has managed to strengthen his arm and is also making a case that he should be a member of the Jays’ mysterious starting pitching rotation.