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Poll: Kyle Drabek vs. Zach Britton

Two of the American League’s top pitching prospects were on display in the first week of the 2011 season, and suffice it to say, they both lived up to their respective hype.

First up was the Blue Jays’ Kyle Drabek, who used his 89-91 mph cutter to befuddle the Minnesota Twins’ offense on Saturday.  He allowed one run in seven innings, while walking three and striking out seven.  Oh yeah, the Sombrero’s No. 33 prospect took a no-hit bid into the sixth.  In his “10 Rookie Predictions” piece, John Sickels even predicts that Drabek will toss a no-no in early May – a bit bold, but definitely not unimaginable.

In his second outing of the year against the Angels on Friday night, Drabek (ND) hurled six innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, while walking four and fanning five.

Although the right-hander may not be an imposing presence on the mound, his aggressive approach and fearless demeanor seem to offset such criticism. I’ve heard several people call him a bulldog, which for a 6-foot-1 righty is always a compliment.

Zachary Britton made his MLB debut on Sunday against Tampa Bay, allowing just one run and three hits while walking three and fanning six.  Here’s the best part: Britton was even tougher than his line indicates.  If you haven’t seen the Sombrero’s No. 25 prospect in action, you’re missing out.  The left-hander pounds the lower-half of the strike zone with his 90-92 mph sinker, and due to all of the arm-side action, generates a lot of swing-and-misses, especially from right-handed hitters.  I was talking to Dee about Britton, and he said it best: “I bet it really sucks facing that guy.”

Britton was supposed to make his second start of the season on Friday night, but the game was postponed due to all the rain.  The left-hander will now throw today at 3:05 P.M. CT, in the first game of a day/night double header against the Texas Rangers.

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