Fans of the Kansas City Royals were treated to a matchup of future aces on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals’ Yordano Ventura continued his dominance against AL East teams in 2014, but it was Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison who outlasted him in the ball game and was arguably more impressive.
The youngster’s development is important for a pitching-starved team like the Blue Jays. R.A. Dickey seems to be a shell of his former self. Barring monumental strides by prospects Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez if/when they reach the majors this year, a healthy Hutchison should be in line to be named the Opening Day starter for Toronto in 2015.
Hutchison was one strike away from allowing two earned runs in his effort. Instead, Alcides Escobar had a go-ahead two-run double before Hutchison was able to retire the Royals in the seventh inning. Even with the runs, the righty still threw seven solid innings of five-hit ball, barely missing his third quality start in his last four outings.
Hutchison has shown promise for working deeper into ball games in the month of April. As the weather continues to warm up and pitchers work out the kinks, the 23-year-old Hutchison should continue to develop and be the premiere arm in the Blue Jays’ rotation by the time September rolls around.