Brandon Drury
Brandon Drury
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Toronto Blue Jays
10-Day DL
Injury Hand
Est. Return 10/1/2018
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Instead of taking a step forward at the plate as many hoped he would, Drury took a step back in his age-24 season. His wRC+ and wOBA both fell 10 points from his 2016 sample, and the batted-ball data suggests he was fortunate to finish where he did (.310 xwOBA). Drury continued to drive the ball into the ground roughly 50 percent of the time, and more than 10 percent of his flyballs stayed in the infield. Improved defense was his saving grace, but Drury still couldn't avoid falling into a part-time role by the end of the season. His plate skills are a little shaky (5.8 percent walk rate, 21.5 percent strikeout rate), and his backslide against left-handed pitching was particularly concerning. While he'll play in a favorable hitting environment following the trade to New York and the second-base position has thinned out, the lack of track record and uncertainty of playing time make Drury a volatile asset. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $553,900 contract with the Diamondbacks in March of 2017. Traded to the Yankees in February of 2018.
Unlikely to return this season
2BToronto Blue Jays
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September 17, 2018
Drury (hand) is unlikely to return before the end of the season, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Drury has been out since Aug. 7 with a fractured left hand. While his chances of returning this season are slim, the 26-year-old is out of his removable brace and is expected to begin a hitting and fielding progression in the near future. The hope is that Drury will enter spring training at full health after a normal offseason.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .741 313 26 9 34 1 .264 .304 .437
Since 2016vs Right .761 752 79 21 92 1 .267 .323 .438
2018vs Left .476 33 1 0 4 0 .167 .242 .233
2018vs Right .541 53 4 1 6 0 .170 .264 .277
2017vs Left .738 139 13 3 12 0 .271 .302 .436
2017vs Right .775 341 28 10 51 1 .266 .323 .452
2016vs Left .804 141 12 6 18 1 .280 .319 .485
2016vs Right .779 358 47 10 35 0 .283 .332 .447
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+154%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .882 513 60 19 73 2 .301 .357 .526
Since 2016Away .638 552 45 11 53 0 .235 .281 .357
2018Home .247 25 0 0 1 0 .087 .160 .087
2018Away .628 61 5 1 9 0 .204 .295 .333
2017Home .897 236 26 7 37 1 .302 .369 .528
2017Away .640 244 15 6 26 0 .236 .266 .373
2016Home .932 252 34 12 35 1 .322 .365 .567
2016Away .638 247 25 4 18 0 .241 .291 .346
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How does Brandon Drury compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.35
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
23.3%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.091
 
AVG
.169
 
OBP
.256
 
SLG
.260
 
OPS
.516
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Drury put together a solid 2016 season playing all over the field for the Diamondbacks. He played 89 games in the outfield, but also made 29 appearances at third, 16 appearances at second and even made one appearance at first base. While not an Opening Day starter at any of these positions, Drury was still able to log 461 at-bats, and he slugged 16 home runs to go along with 53 RBI. One of the reasons Drury found himself in the lineup so often was his improvement against right-handed pitching. In 2015, he hit just .152 against righties (albeit in just 33 at-bats). Last year, he bumped that number up to .283 while continuing to mash against lefties (.304 average in 2015, .280 last season). Drury will compete for a regular role at second base, but he will get plenty of at-bats whether or not he has a set position to begin the year.
Acquired from Atlanta in 2013 as part of the Justin Upton trade, Drury made his MLB debut in 2015 after a strong few years in the minors. Drury’s cup of coffee in the big leagues consisted of 20 games, in which he registered 59 plate appearances, hitting .214 with two home runs and eight RBI. A career .285 hitter in the minors, Drury could improve at the plate as he adjusts to big league pitching. Drury only hit five home runs in 567 plate appearances last year at Double-A and Triple-A, though he did belt 23 in 2014 playing at the High-A and Double-A levels. Speed doesn’t figure to be a big part of his game going forward — he's yet to steal more than four bases in any of his professional seasons. His defensive flexibility (he played at second, third and shortstop last year with Arizona) should help him get enough starts to be useful in deeper formats, and his advanced hit tool makes him worth following in shallower leagues as well.
A throw-in from the trade that sent Justin Upton to the Braves in 2013, Drury has hit at every stop since joining the Diamondbacks. The 22-year-old third baseman hit .302, .300, and .294 at Low-A, High-A, and Double-A, respectively, over the past two seasons, and has managed to keep his strikeout rate below 20.0% at each stop. Last season, Drury hit 23 home runs in 594 plate appearances between High-A and Double-A, but he is unlikely to ever be an above-average power threat in the major leagues, relative to his position. It's unclear when the Diamondbacks might give him consideration to compete for their third-base job following the signing of Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas this winter. If Drury can continue to flash a plus hit tool in a return stop to Double-A and a likely promotion to Triple-A during the 2015 season, he may begin to force the issue in 2016.
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Set for another follow-up scan
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August 27, 2018
Drury (hand) will receive a follow-up CT scan when the Blue Jays return to Toronto at the beginning of September, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Bone scan shows good healing
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August 21, 2018
A bone scan revealed Drury's fractured left hand is healing well, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Set for follow-up appointment
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August 13, 2018
Drury will receive follow-up imaging this week to assure his fractured hand is healing appropriately, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Lands on disabled list
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August 7, 2018
Drury hit the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left hand Tuesday.
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Checks out of starting nine
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August 5, 2018
Drury is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.
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