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Player Profile: Brandon Drury, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Drury has been a top sleeper pick the past couple years, but will 2018 be his breakout year?

MLB: NLDS-Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Stats

Year Team PA AVG OBP SLG HR SB BB% K% GB/FB Hard%
Year Team PA AVG OBP SLG HR SB BB% K% GB/FB Hard%
2015 Diamondbacks 59 0.214 0.254 0.375 2 0 3.4% 13.6% 2.45 29.2%
2016 Diamondbacks 499 0.282 0.329 0.458 16 1 6.2% 20.0% 1.69 32.9%
2017 Diamondbacks 480 0.267 0.317 0.447 13 1 5.8% 21.5% 1.66 31.7%

Drury has been a known sleeper for the past two years. Originally brought over in 2013 from the Braves by the Diamondbacks in the Justin Upton trade, he would make his major league in 2015 for Arizona. He has become a top utility player in the game as he has played second base, third base and outfield. His plate discipline has been improving since reaching the majors, but his contact percentage has also been decreasing since reaching the big leagues. With all that coming together Drury has the potential to hit for a high batting average, but it is more likely to be somewhere in the .260 range.

Drury does have some power potential, which would probably top out at around 25. With a ground ball rate of almost 50%, it would be unlikely to even see him put up 20 unless he adds more fly balls to his resume.

Now Drury’s speed is just a tick above average, so we shouldn’t expect him to help us with stolen bases. Since he plays at a position that loses a lot of depth after the first couple of picks, he could be a top 10 second baseman in 2018.