Drew Hutchison has been a revelation. The Toronto Blue Jays‘ faithful knew there was promise in his future forecast, but Hutch has caught everyone by surprise via ascending to prominence in rapid fashion. Move over, R.A. Dickey, a new rotation sheriff has begun to throw his weight around. Residents of Tower City, it’s time the slick righty claims this squad’s ace nameplate.
Coming into 2014, Hutchison’s foot in the door was merely recognized as being a “potential” candidate for the back end of the Blue Jays’ staff. Fast forward to the end of April — Toronto owned a hidden gem the entire time. The WHIP (1.38) is a minor concern, but at this point in the season, Jays fans will take any positive feedback the rotation gives them. With 33 punch-outs in 26 innings pitched combined with a silky-smooth repeated delivery, his command will eventually rule. The sky-high ceiling is growing after each and every start.
After the first growing pain experienced in his second outing facing the New York Yankees, one that saw six earned runs cross the plate, Hutchison has answered the bell since piling up recognition with a sparkling line of 17.1 IP / 4 ER / 23 K / 3 BB.
Any hurler who comes face to face with Tommy John’s knife will forever be one pitch away from returning to the operating table; fingers have to be crossed that a clean bill of health continues. If Hutchison manages to stay on the injury god’s good side, a few All-Star appearances are in play. In the midst of the starting rotation chaos, Hutch has not only become part of the Blue Jays’ foundation, but you can now schedule a forthcoming backbone of this franchise.