We all know that the Blue Jays are in full rebuild, and that’s going to open up opportunities for some players who may have been overlooked by fantasy owners. One such player is Brandon Drury, who has the potential to emerge as an ideal post hype sleeper. This tweet is only going to add to that potential:
Expect to see Brandon Drury atop the #BlueJays‘ order for a bit. Montoyo: “Drury’s my leadoff guy”— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) March 28, 2019
This is a relatively intriguing news bit, especially since you have to wonder if Drury is going to remain in the lineup once Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is healthy and ready to assume third base duties. Of course there would appear to be other opportunities for AB in the rebuilding lineup:
- Designated Hitter – After the trade of Kendrys Morales, it’s possible that Rowdy Tellez takes advantage and seizes the role (though that’s hardly a guarantee)
- Shortstop – It’s not that Drury would man this spot, but Lourdes Gurriel Jr. could shift from second base to replace Freddy Galvis.
- Second Base – Would it be a surprise if Gurriel himself implodes and therefore opens up playing time?
That’s three potential openings, so there’s little question that Drury could earn regular playing time. The real question is whether or not he has the ability to force the issue and claim a role. There was a lot of hype surrounding Drury entering 2018, after he was traded to the Yankees, but he ultimately struggled with injuries (he only appeared in 26 games) and when he was on the field he hit a measly .169 with 1 HR over 77 AB.
Let’s not forget that between 2016 and 2017 he showed power potential, with 68 doubles, 3 triples and 29 HR. He’s never shown the propensity to put the ball in the air very much (29.5% career fly ball rate), or post an impressive Hard% (31.7%). That said the upside remains and at 26-years old and playing in a hitter friendly ballpark it’s possible that he turns the corner and delivers what we thought was possible a year ago.
Drury has also consistently shown a strong approach at the highest level, with a 9.8% SwStr% and 31.5% O-Swing%. He also has shown a willingness to use the entire field (24.2% Oppo%), at least enough to keep opponents honest.
A solid approach + An increase in power? He’s not your traditional leadoff hitter, but even in a lackluster lineup it helps to bring a little bit of optimism. Hardly a must own option, there’s enough to make him worth grabbing to find out if he can figure it out.
Fantasy Waiver Wire Guidelines:
- 10 Team League – Don’t add
- 12 Team League – Consideration, but not must add
- 14+ Team League – Worthy add
- AL-Only League – Worthy add
- Keeper/Dynasty – Worthy add
Source – Fangraphs