The start is somewhat ironic, since Drabek would have been a college freshman had he not been drafted and signed with the Phillies.
Meanwhile, his older brother Justin is running around Florida looking for work. The 20 year old big brother pitched in a tryout camp over the weekend, but wasn't signed by a major league club. The Phillies signed four pitchers at the camp, but passed on Justin Drabek. As a pitcher, the older Drabek lacks Kyle's fastball and has scrapped the idea of surviving as a pitcher. Instead, Justin Drabek has moved to shortstop and played last season with the Chillicothe Paints of the independent Frontier League. While he lacks the size of his younger brother, the elder Drabek has plenty of speed, swings a good bat and is an above average fielder. Still, the Phillies didn't see anything in him this past weekend that interested them in signing him.
After Drabek's outing Wednesday night, it's likely that he'll move over to the minor league camp when pitchers and catchers report on Thursday. It will be the only outing for the young right-hander who is slated to start the year at Class-A Lakewood. As for Justin, it's anybody's guess where he'll be starting te season.