Brandon Drury
Brandon Drury
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Last year was a lost season for Drury at the most inopportune time. Drury revealed early in the season he had struggled with migraines throughout his time in Arizona and that issue plagued him again early in 2018 and cost him his job with the Yankees. He went to Triple-A and raked to a .294/.403/.447 line while there and was eventually traded to Toronto in the J.A. Happ deal. The good news is that he remains in a friendly run environment and should have a spot on the diamond to pick up where he left off in 2017. He has fared better against lefties throughout his career, and has multi-positional abilities even though he is only third-base eligible on draft day. He is a decent flier in single-league formats given his power potential, and should be an easy guy to grab very late in drafts due to his horrendous 2018 season at the big-league level. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Third straight multi-hit game
3BToronto Blue Jays
May 24, 2019
Drury went 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.
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The utility player is catching fire at the plate, collecting two hits in each of the last three games with four of the knocks being two-baggers. Drury's .222/.257/.399 slash line on the season remains poor, however, and with Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on their way up from Triple-A Buffalo, Drury will face more competition for playing time around the diamond.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
1
1
6
12
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
1
1
4
3
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+47%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .643 221 17 3 16 0 .233 .271 .371
Since 2017vs Right .735 516 47 16 71 1 .249 .304 .430
2019vs Left .481 49 3 0 0 0 .170 .204 .277
2019vs Right .705 122 15 5 14 0 .235 .270 .435
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+154%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .781 348 32 9 46 1 .266 .322 .459
Since 2017Away .641 389 32 10 41 0 .225 .270 .371
2019Home .630 87 6 2 8 0 .224 .241 .388
2019Away .652 84 12 3 6 0 .208 .262 .390
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.13
 
BB Rate
4.1%
 
K Rate
30.4%
 
BABIP
.283
 
ISO
.173
 
AVG
.216
 
OBP
.251
 
SLG
.389
 
OPS
.640
 
wOBA
.279
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.3%
 
Barrels/PA
6.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Fourth straight start
3BToronto Blue Jays
May 23, 2019
Drury will start in left field and bat fifth Thursday against the Red Sox, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Heads to bench
3BToronto Blue Jays
May 19, 2019
Drury is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
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Starting third straight
3BToronto Blue Jays
May 17, 2019
Drury is in the lineup for the third straight game Friday against the White Sox, batting seventh and playing right field.
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Riding pine Tuesday
3BToronto Blue Jays
May 14, 2019
Drury will head to the bench for Tuesday's game against San Francisco.
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Sitting out second straight
3BToronto Blue Jays
May 11, 2019
Drury is not in the lineup Saturday for the second day in a row.
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