In front of scouts from the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, top-rated right-hander Kyle Drabek throws seven good innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Sea Dogs. (Photo Jeremy Drey: Reading Eagle)
Beerleaguer: I had a chance to watch Drabek’s night, and afterward, the coveted young right-hander supported my opinion that it wasn’t his best outing overall despite a solid baseline. "I'd say (his performance was) pretty good," Drabek told Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle. "Early in the game they were hitting everything I was throwing. Luckily it was to people. I thought my changeup was good for me and I thought I had good command of my fastball." Portland appeared to be looking for fastballs early in the count and were connecting hard, collecting seven hits including four for extra bases. Drabek’s fastball ranged from 93-96, hitting 98 mph once (Reading's radar gun can be flaky) and striking out the final batter with low 96-mph heat. For more on Drabek’s night, and the impact of Michael Taylor’s promotion on a scuffling and suddenly punchless Reading club, click here and here.