The Phillies take a chance on a high school pitcher with great talent, but questionable makeup, according to scouts.
Baseball America thought Drabek could go as high as 12 or fall out of the first round altogether. Instead, he fell to the Phillies at 18.
The 6-1, 18-year-old right-hander is the son of former Cy Young winner Doug Drabek. According to Baseball America, his best pitch is a 78-82 mph spike curveball, to go with a 94-95 fastball.
"When his fastball and curve are one, he has one of the best two-pitch combinations in the draft," an American League scout told BA.
He’s also a good hitter, playing shortstop for Woodlands HS in Texas, perhaps the richest state for high school baseball talent. Scouts said he could also make a case for being the best high school position player in the draft. The Phillies are extremely thin with minor league middle infielders.
As for that makeup, Baseball America says the reason some teams are backing away from Drabek is he’s "high-strung" on the field, in addition to some negative off-field issues. Those issues were not specified by BA.
Stay posted for the Phillies’ next pick, No. 37 overall.