In three starts Hutchinson, a ground ball pitcher, is 3-0 was a miniscule 1.20 ERA. In 15 innings, Hutchinson has struck out 21 batters while only walking two. He has absolutely dominated nearly every hitter he has faced, something he's done throughout the 2011 season.
Starting the season at low-A Lansing, Hutchinson has quickly moved up the ranks and posted an overall 14-5 record this year with a 2.53 ERA. It's really not stretch to call him the biggest riser in the Blue Jays farm organization this year.
With this success it's not surprise that Fisher Cats manager Sal Fassano is already talking about Hutchinson's prospects as a major league pitcher.
"Hopefully he can get to a point," said Fassano, "if not for the rest of the year where he can pitch at this level and get to the big leagues."
Pitching Coach Pete Walker believes that with some hard work on his change, that Hutchinson can compete at a major league level. It's his fastball control that is an aspect to his game that puts him ahead of his teammates and opponents.
"Good fastball command," said Walker. "It's really impressive for someone that young to come up with such impressive control."
For any starting pitcher to be as effective as Hutchinson has been, he can't count on just one pitch. Hutchinson is not a one trick pony, he's still working to add more depth to his arsenal.
"The slider is very effective," said Walker. "I think he's developing a changeup and I think those three things together that can make him a pitcher that can compete at a higher level."
Hutchinson sounds modest when he speaks too. Instead of talking about his impressive numbers, he talks about the work he needs to put in to reach the majors.
"I just have to continue to work on everything," said Hutchinson. "Just continue to work on all my pitches and try to not make as many mistakes."
Hutchinson is still a player with major potential. According to Walker, it seems Hutchinson's fastball is currently his only reliable pitch. What this means is his changeup and slider still can come a long way. When Walker was asked to describe what Hutchinson could work on the most, he noted that adding more consistency to his offspeed would help the most.
"I think refining the slider," said Walker. "Continue to use the changeup more to keep hitters off-balance and I think he's incorporating a new curveball so that will also help."
For a pitcher with such impressive numbers and a world-beating start to his Double-A career, it seems odd that he could be a pitcher who has so much to work on. That's exactly the reason that Hutchinson could be destined to become the ace of the Toronto staff someday -- as soon as he can become consistent with his pitches that is.
"I think I have to keep getting better," said Hutchinson, "better at everything and that will make me better overall."
Even as a young team, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have had some extremely talented pitchers come through the ranks. This year alone Henderson Alvarez and Kyle Stewart were regulars on the mound. Despite all the talent that's come through, however, it could be Drew Hutchinson who has made the most impressive start to his Fisher Cat career.
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