Kyle Drabek’s Long and Winding Road
As prospect writers covering the minor leagues, we make our best assessments based on what we see on a regular basis. The majority is done in person, with scouting reports & daily stats reading mixed in. We work from data and witnessing the process.
He did what he needed to: he got in there. He got a bit of experience. However, in the majors he did not live up to the potential he showed in the minors.
The unfolding of Drabek’s career has been a surprise, but that’s actually not a surprise. That’s how this "prospecting" business works and figuring out what went wrong is the key.