ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Drew Hutchison Adds to the New Look Jays

Updated on March 10, 2014

Drew Hutchison

What will 2014 bring for Drew Hutchison?
What will 2014 bring for Drew Hutchison? | Source

The Open Spots in the Jays Rotation

The story in Blue Jays camp this spring, has been the performance by 23 year old starting pitcher, Drew Hutchison. Coming into camp, the Jays had a 4 way battle for the last two spots in their rotation, and veteran JA Happ was the favorite to take one of those spots. Right now, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison, Todd Redmond and JA Happ are competing for those last two spots, but Hutchison has separated himself with his stellar performance so far. Hutchison has pitched in the big leagues before, as he was a rookie in 2012, but he missed all of the 2013 season with Tommy Surgery. As of right now, it appears that Hutchison has made a complete recovery, and is ready to be a strong contributor for the Jays in 2014.

Hutchinson as a rookie

As a rookie in 2012, Hutchison made 11 starts for Toronto, in which he went 5-3 with a 4.60 earned runs average. Despite the ERA above four, Baseball Reference shows that he posted solid peripheral numbers in his age 21 season, in the big leagues. He posted an impressive 3.1 walks per nine innings pitched, to go along with a solid 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He also had 0.86 balls put in play on the ground for every fly ball hit against him. He allowed just 1.2 homeruns per nine innings pitched, and also had a walks plus innings pitched of 1.35. Overall, these numbers were impressive for a 21 year old rookie pitching in the big leagues for the first time.

The Stuff he throws

Hutchison throws a very good four seam fastball, that ranges from 91 to 95 miles per hour and has some natural cutting action on it. Hutchison also throws a 2 seam fastball that he uses as a sinker, in order to get ground ball outs. This pitch typically sits in the low 90s, but the movement on both his fastballs, make them very effective pitches. His ability to sink and cut the ball to both sides of the plate, makes him an effective pitcher against both right handed and left handed batters.

Hutchison complements his fastball with a good changeup and slider. His changeup is a plus pitch, and it appears similar to his slider at times, but the action is to the opposite side of the plate. The fading action on his changeup can make it a devastating pitch to lefties, as it moves away from them and the bottom drops out of it. His slider moves opposite his arm side, and has a strong downward finish, with more movement than the cutting action on his four seam fastball. He gets a lot of groundballs, along with swings and misses on his slider, which makes it another effective pitch for him.

Breakout Candidate

Since Drew Hutchison is a player that is competing for a roster spot, his spring training results become much more meaningful than the results for some of the other players in camp for the Jays. Before spring games started, Hutchison was monitored closely in his bullpen sessions, because he was coming off of Tommy John surgery. Hutchison looked good in his throwing sessions leading up to the games he was going to appear in. So far in the grapefruit league schedule, Hutchison has made two starts and logged five innings of work. He has allowed only 2 runs on 3 hits with one walk over those two outings, but the most impressive number he has posted, is the nine strikeouts in those five innings of work. Being able to produce strikeouts at a high rate, would make Drew Hutchison an excellent candidate to have a breakout season in the Jays rotation this year. While the numbers have yet to translate over into the regular season this year, Hutchison has always been regarded as a very good talent, and the results so far are encouraging for Jays fans.


Ultimately as a bigger pitcher with a good fastball, Drew Hutchison has a chance to add a lot to the Jays rotation in 2014. He is now fully healthy and ready to go to start the 2014 season, in which he will look to pick up right where he left off in 2012. Hutchison is now 23 years old, and this works to his advantage, since he is moving towards his prime years with big league experience already. While Hutchison is not expected to lead the Jays pitching staff, he is a very strong role player, who could establish himself as a fixture in the rotation of a contending Jays team in the future.


Drew Hutchison 2014

What will Drew Hutchison's ERA be in 2014?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)