Former prospect Drabek claimed by White Sox

Former prospect Drabek claimed by White Sox

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Former No. 1 Blue Jays prospect Kyle Drabek was claimed off waivers by the White Sox on Friday afternoon.

Drabek was the key return when Toronto dealt No. 1 starter Roy Halladay to the Phillies following the 2009 season. He immediately became the club's top prospect, but his career in a Blue Jays uniform never really panned out.

The 27-year-old bounced between the Majors and Minors in 2011, and then the following year tore a ligament in his elbow. He underwernt Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career, and following a lengthy rehab, Drabek struggled to regain his old form.

Drabek spent almost the entire 2014 season in the Minors and was transitioned to the bullpen midway through the year after mixed results. He arrived in camp this year as a long shot to make the Opening Day roster but stuck around long enough to be one of the last cuts from camp.

The departure of Drabek means that rookies Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro now have a clear path to the Major Leagues. Both are expected to be officially named to the Opening Day roster on Saturday morning once the dust settles on the latest cuts from camp.

Drabek, who was out of options and could not be sent to the Minors without clearing waivers, appeared in 30 games with the Blue Jays over the course of five seasons. He went 8-15 with a 5.27 ERA while striking out 118 over 172 1/3 innings. His biggest issue was a lack of command with 111 walks over that same period of time which often led to moments of visible frustration on the mound.

Toronto no longer possesses any of the pieces it acquired from the Phillies in return for Halladay. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud was used in the deal with the Mets for R.A. Dickey and Michael Taylor was dealt to Oakland almost immediately for Brett Wallace. The Blue Jays then moved Wallace to Philadelphia for Gose, who later became current Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.