by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Brandon Drury was a hot add early in the season, but injury struck and he ultimately lost his job with the Yankees to Miguel Andujar. Once healthy he was pinned at Triple-A, with little hope for the further breakout that we had all hoped for. However with the Yankees need for starting pitching obvious, they shipped him to Toronto as part of the package for J.A. Happ ahead of the Trade Deadline and that should mean an opportunity.
The Blue Jays didn’t acquire him without the intent of using him, especially since he should be expected to help produce as the team heads towards a rebuild. That’s why they’ve been shifting him around the infield, getting AB at 2B, SS and 3B in his short time in Toronto.
He’s shown plenty of power since arriving in the Majors, with the upside of even more:
- 2016 – 31 doubles, 1 triple, 16 HR
- 2017 – 37 doubles, 2 triples, 13 HR
Those results have come courtesy of a career 13.6% HR/FB. Take them and maybe increase the fly balls a little bit (29.4% for his career), and place them into a hitter friendly ballpark and it’s easy to envision a 25+ HR campaign in his future.
Drury has also consistently shown a good approach at the plate (9.6% SwStr%, 31.6% O-Swing%), leading to a manageable 20.5% strikeout rate. Obviously we’d like to see a little bit more in regards to his Hard% (31.8%), but he’s also proven that he can consistently post a solid BABIP (career .312 mark). Maybe that doesn’t translate into a .290+ hitter, though with the power it’s not impossible. Instead figure him as a .270ish hitter, but that’s more than enough.
While he’s opened hitting towards the bottom of the lineup, it’s easy to see him rise into the middle as they build towards the future. That will lead to opportunities in both RBI and R, creating an ideal buying opportunity. With positional flexibility and the potential to produce in four categories, Drury has the upside of a difference maker down the stretch.
Fantasy Waiver Wire Guidelines:
- 10 Team League – Too shallow, but monitor
- 12 Team League – Must Add
- 14+ Team League – Must Add
- AL-Only League – Must Add
- Keeper/Dynasty – Must Add
Source – Fangraphs
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