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Pitcher Drew Hutchison made his major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.

Hutchinson was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 15th round pick in the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Joel Grampietro and made his pro debut the next summer. Hutchison started 2010 with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League before earning a promotion to the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League. He was 1-1, 3.00 in 10 starts for Auburn and allowed a .201 average, and 1-2, 1.52 with a .191 average allowed in 5 starts for Lansing. He pitched a combined 68 2/3 innings, giving up only 51 hits and striking out 63. He made it through three levels in 2011, after beginning the year by dominating opposite batters in Lansing to the tune of a 6-2 record and a 2.62 ERA in 14 starts. He was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, where he continued to pitch well, going 5-3, 2.74 (.194 opponent average), and finished the year with 3 winning starts for the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League (1.20 ERA, .192 opponent average). Combined, he was 14-5, 2.53, with 171 strikeouts in 149 1/3 innings. His outstanding season placed him at the top of a crowded group of Blue Jay mound prospects. He was second in the Toronto chain in ERA (behind Nestor Molina), led in strikeouts and tied Casey Lawrence for the most wins. He tied for 5th in the affiliated minors in wins. Baseball America rated him as the #13 prospect in the Florida State League, between Sebastian Valle and Tyler Thornburg.

Hutchison began the 2012 season back at New Hampshire and pitched well in his first three starts, going 2-1, 2.16 with 12 Ks and 3 walks in 16 2/3 innings. He was called up to Toronto on April 21st, making a start against the Kansas City Royals. He gave up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings, including a pair of homers to Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon, but was bailed out by his offense, which scored 6 runs in the first 6 innings, and then added 3 insurance runs after he left to make him a 9-5 winner. On May 6th, he gave up Albert Pujols' first American league homer, following a dreadful early-season slump; Albert's two-run blow in the 5th was key to handing his Drew his first career loss, 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels. While not putting up overpowering numbers, he pitched well as a member of the Jays' rotation, going 5-3, 4.66 in his first 10 starts. On June 15th however, he had to leave a start against the Philadelphia Phillies after only making 9 pitches because of soreness in his right elbow. He was the third Toronto pitcher to be injured in a week, following Brandon Morrow and Kyle Drabek. He was placed on the disabled list and ordered not to throw for two weeks in order to allow a sprained elbow ligament to heal. In the end he did not pitch again in the majors that season as he had to undergo Tommy John surgery.

As a result of the surgery, Hutchison only made 10 minor league appearances in 2013, going 0-4, 4.84 and pitching 35 1/3 innings while he worked on gaining back his arm strength. He was fully healthy when spring training rolled around in 2014 and won a job as a starter with the big league club by consistently flashing a 92 mph fastball. Manager John Gibbons, decided to use him as the second starter, following R.A. Dickey, betting that the youngster's fastball would look even better following the fluttering pitches of the Jays' knuckleballer. He thus had the honor of starting the Jays' second game of the season, facing the Tampa Bay Rays on April 1st. [[Adam Lind] gave him an early lead with a three-run homer in the top of the 1st and he tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings to be credited with his team's first win of the year. He was then 0-3 over his next 7 starts before recording the first shutout of his career on May 16th, when he defeated the Texas Rangers, 2-0, on 3 hits and outduelling Yu Darvish in the process. It was also the first complete game of his career. He pitched another great game on August 6th, when he defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-1, allowing only one hit in 8 2/3 innings, that being a solo homer by Chris Davis in the 2nd inning.

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