The Giants appear to have signed a notable name to a minor league deal, and it comes with an interesting twist.
Kyle Drabek, a first-round pick of Phillies in 2006 and son for 13-year MLB veteran Doug Drabek, has inked a deal with the Giants according to Baseball America's Matt Eddy.
But rather than sign him as a pitcher, the Giants intend to look at converting the 28-year-old to shortstop. According to the report, the Giants haven't ruled out using Drabek as a pitcher.
Baseball America dug up Drabek's draft report from 2006 which stated that The Woodlands High School alum "could also make a case for being the best high school position player in the (2006) draft."
Drabek was released by the D'backs on June 27. He appeared in one game for Arizona this season, giving up one earned run and four walks in two innings pitched.
Drafted by the Phillies with the No. 18 overall pick in 2006, Drabek was dealt to Toronto in 2009 in a trade that sent Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.
In 43 appearances over seven seasons with the Phillies, Blue Jays, White Sox and D'backs, Drabek posted a career 5.26 ERA in 179 2/3 innings.
#Giants signed Kyle Drabek to a minor league deal and are looking at him as a shortstop—though they haven't ruled out a return to mound.— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) July 18, 2016