Drew Hutchison

For the rugby player, see Drew Hutchison (rugby league).
Drew Hutchison

Hutchison with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 34
Born: (1990-08-22) August 22, 1990
Lakeland, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2012, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 30–21
Earned run average 4.93
Strikeouts 384
WHIP 1.36

Andrew Scott "Drew" Hutchison (born August 22, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was considered one of the Toronto Blue Jays top prospects before the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season.[1]

Minor league career

Hutchison was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft from Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida.[2] He made his minor league baseball debut with the Auburn Doubledays in 2010, and was later promoted to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts. In 6823 innings that year, Hutchison pitched to a 2–3 record with a 2.49 ERA and 63 strikeouts.[3] He began the 2011 season with Lansing, and later made starts with the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays and the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In 2011 Hutchison posted a record of 14–5 with an ERA of 2.53 and 171 strikeouts over 14913 innings.[3]

Before the 2012 season, Baseball America ranked Hutchison as the Blue Jays' ninth best prospect.[4] He made 3 starts with New Hampshire in 2012, and posted a 2–1 record with a 2.16 ERA.[3]

Major league career

Toronto Blue Jays


Hutchison in April 2012

The Blue Jays purchased Hutchison's contract from the Fisher Cats on April 19, 2012.[5] He made his first MLB start on April 21, 2012 against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, pitching 5 13 innings and yielding 5 earned runs, with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks in a 9–5 win. After making 11 starts, Hutchison was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ulnar collateral ligament sprain.[6] Hutchison was later transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and on August 7 it was announced that he would require Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow. Hutchison posted a 5–3 record with a 4.60 ERA and 49 strikeouts over 11 starts (5823 innings) in his first professional season.[7][8]

The Blue Jays placed Hutchison on the 60-day disabled list on March 22, 2013 to make room for Todd Redmond on their 40-man roster.[9] On May 7, 2013, it was reported that Hutchison was on track to return in early August, one year since undergoing surgery.[10] The Blue Jays announced on August 8 that Hutchison would start for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on August 9 as part of his rehab assignment.[11] He was activated from the disabled list on August 10, and optioned to Buffalo. Hutchison did not appear for the Blue Jays in 2013, and posted a 0–4 record and 4.84 ERA in 10 minor league appearances that year.[3]


Fully healthy, Hutchison entered 2014 Spring Training and earned a spot in the starting rotation. He recorded his first 2 hits in an interleague game against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 6, 2014.[12] In a game against the Texas Rangers on May 16, Hutchison pitched his first career complete game shutout, giving up just 3 hits and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts.[13] He established a then career-high in strikeouts, with 10, in a 4–1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 1, 2014.[14] Hutchison experienced inconsistency in his performance from June 13 to early August, posting a 6.64 ERA over 8 starts in that time span. On August 6, he pitched 823 innings and took the win against the Baltimore Orioles 5–1, yielding only 1 hit (a solo home run by Chris Davis). In doing so, he joined Dave Stieb and Roy Halladay as the only Toronto pitchers to retire 26 of 27 batters faced in a start.[15] Hutchison struck out a career-high 11 in a game on September 16 against the Baltimore Orioles.[16] He would record the win in his final start of the season on September 26, finishing the 2014 campaign with an 11–13 record, 4.48 ERA, and a 1.26 WHIP over 18423 innings pitched.[8] Hutchison finished 8th in the American League in both strikeouts and K/9, with 184 and 8.97 respectively.[17]

On March 31, 2015, Hutchison was named the Opening Day starter for the Blue Jays, and became the youngest Opening Day starter in franchise history.[18][19] After taking the win on Opening Day, Hutchison struggled in his next two starts. On April 23, took a perfect game into the 6th inning against the Baltimore Orioles. He finished the day with 8 innings pitched, and yielded 2 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 8, as the Blue Jays won 7–6.[20] On May 25, Hutchison pitched his second career complete game shutout, defeating the Chicago White Sox 6–0. He needed only 96 pitches to complete the game, yielding 4 hits and striking out 8.[21] He would struggle with his command from that point onward, posting an ERA above 5 into August. After earning his 12th win of the season on August 16, Hutchison was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, as the Blue Jays did not need a fifth starter until August 29.[22] Hutchinson received the most run support in the American league leading him to record 12 wins in 28 starts despite posting an ERA of 5.57.

On January 16, 2016, Hutchison and the Blue Jays avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.[23] Hutchison entered spring training in competition for the fifth starter role with Aaron Sanchez, Gavin Floyd, and Jesse Chavez. On March 28, it was announced that Sanchez would be the team's fifth starter, and that Hutchison would be optioned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[24] Bisons manager Gary Allenson announced on April 5 that Hutchison would start on Opening Day against the Pawtucket Red Sox.[25] Hutchison was recalled by the Blue Jays on April 23 for a spot start against the Oakland Athletics the next day.[26] He was optioned back to Buffalo after the game. On July 2, Hutchison was recalled from Triple-A.[27] He would make two more appearances for Toronto; the latter one a start against the Detroit Tigers in place of Marco Estrada, who was unable to play due to lower back pain.[28] He was returned to Buffalo the following day.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On August 1, the Blue Jays traded Hutchison to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Francisco Liriano, Reese McGuire, and Harold Ramirez.[29] Hutchison was assigned to the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians. He was recalled on September 6.[30]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
R.A. Dickey
Opening Day starting pitcher
for the Toronto Blue Jays

Succeeded by
Marcus Stroman
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