John Gibbons has stated that the 23-year-old Hutchison has an "outside shot" at nailing down a spot. He could slide inside quickly with more performances such as the one he had against Baltimore.
Hutchison earned 11 starts with the team in 2012 before Tommy John surgery derailed his progress. But his Arizona Fall League performance drew raves from general manager Alex Anthopoulos, which makes him a favorite. Hutchnson didn't show overwhelming stuff, but he did strike out 20 and walk just six in 21 2/3 innings with a 3.32 ERA.
Hutchison has also impressed early in spring training.
"He was one guy that stood out for me today," Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said. "His delivery looked sound, I love where his hands are right now. He located the ball down in the zone, his changeup was outstanding. He looks very confident and poised. Really repeated his delivery well. If he's a guy that's going to pound the strike zone, he's definitely in the mix. There's no question that's a Major League-calibre arm."
Drabek appears to be fully healthy after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012 and making just three appearances late last season. He'll be competing for a spot in the rotation this spring with, among others,
Hutchison was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in six starts for Salt River. He struck out 20 batters and posted a .217 opponents' batting average in 21 2/3 innings.
Stroman was 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA in nine relief appearances for Salt River. He struck out 13 and had a .186 opponents' batting average in 11 2/3 innings.
"Seeing how good they looked and the command they had was encouraging," Anthopoulos said.
Drabek is 0-2 with a 2.83 ERA and .176 opponents' batting average in 10 outings (eight starts) between Class A and Double-A.
Hutchison is 0-2 with a 4.95 ERA and .200 opponents' batting average through six outings (five starts) between Class A, Double-A and Triple-A.
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