Brandon Drury

Brandon Drury
Drury with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 10
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1992-08-21) August 21, 1992
Grants Pass, Oregon
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2015, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through July 9, 2018)
Batting average .268
Home runs 32
Runs batted in 131
Teams

Brandon S. Drury (born August 21, 1992) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2015 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and has also played for the New York Yankees.

Career

Drury attended Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he played shortstop for the school's baseball team.

Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves selected him in the 13th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.[1][2] He made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Braves. He finished the year hitting .198/.248/.292 with three home runs over 192 at bats. In 2011, he played for the Danville Braves of the Rookie-level Appalachian League.[3] In 63 games, he hit .347/.367/.525 with eight home runs in 265 at-bats. He was named the most valuable player of the Appalachian League along with Eddie Rosario.[4] In 2012, while playing for the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League, he hit only .229/.270/.333 with six home runs in 445 at-bats.[5]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On January 24, 2013, the Braves traded Drury, along with Martín Prado, Randall Delgado, Zeke Spruill, and Nick Ahmed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.[6] He played his first season in the Diamondbacks organization with the South Bend Silver Hawks.[7] In 134 games, he hit .302/.362/.500 with 15 home runs. He started the 2014 season for the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League, and in August was promoted to the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League.[8][9] He had a .299 batting average, 23 home runs and 95 RBI. After the season, Drury was sent to the Arizona Fall League, where he played for the Salt River Rafters.[10]

In 2015, the Diamondbacks invited Drury to spring training and assigned him to Mobile to begin the season.[11][12] On June 23, he was promoted to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[13] The Diamondbacks called Drury up to the major leagues on September 1, 2015, and he made his debut that day.[14] Drury collected his first major league hit, a single, off Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray.[15] Drury hit his first home run on September 22, off of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Adam Liberatore.[16]

Due to his strong offensive performance, Drury was mentioned as a possible backup outfielder during spring training in 2016.[17] He became one of the last players to make the Diamondbacks 2016 Opening Day roster.[18] The Diamondbacks occasionally started Drury in the outfield as well as second and third base to keep his bat in the lineup.[19] Drury was optioned to Reno to clear a roster spot for Shelby Miller on June 19, despite hitting .275/.313/.456 up to that point in the season.[20][21] The Diamondbacks recalled Drury on June 24, a day after outfielder Socrates Brito had fractured a toe on his right foot.[22][23]

New York Yankees

On February 20, 2018, the Diamondbacks traded Drury to the New York Yankees in a three-team trade, where they acquired Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays and Taylor Widener from the Yankees, while the Rays also acquired Nick Solak from the Yankees and Anthony Banda and two players to be named later from the Diamondbacks.[24]

On April 6, 2018, Drury left the game due to blurred vision and migraines. The next day, on April 7, Drury was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to severe migraines.[25] On May 14, he was activated from the disabled list, and optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.[26]

Toronto Blue Jays

On July 26, 2018, the Yankees traded Drury and Billy McKinney to the Toronto Blue Jays for J. A. Happ.[27]

References

  1. Daschel, Nick (June 8, 2010). "Three Oregon high school stars get first-year call in MLB draft". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  2. Piecoro, Nick (August 26, 2014). "Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Brandon Drury making big strides". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  3. "Danville Braves Announce 2011 Roster". MILB.com. June 21, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  4. Wild, Danny (August 24, 2011). "Rosario, Drury named Appy's best". MILB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  5. Rallo, Curt (August 15, 2013). "MWL notes: Drury follows the leaders". MILB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  6. "Braves get Justin Upton in big deal". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 24, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  7. Rallo, Curt (April 23, 2013). "Silver Hawks: After a cold start, Drury heating up". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  8. Buchanan, Zach (April 18, 2014). "3B prospect Brandon Drury could be bright spot in Upton trade". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  9. Hicks, Tommy (August 28, 2014). "Diamondbacks' prospect Brandon Drury comfortable with promotion to Mobile BayBears". Birmingham News. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  10. Pleskoff, Bernie (October 9, 2015). "Scouting Report: Brandon Drury". MLB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  11. Shingleton, Grant (June 12, 2015). "BayBears infielder Brandon Drury wants 'good at-bats'". Birmingham News. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  12. Bloom, Barry M. (March 20, 2015). "Prospect Drury among three optioned to Double-A by D-backs". MLB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  13. Jackson, Josh (July 30, 2015). "Drury doubles three times in five-hit game". MILB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  14. Gilbert, Steve (September 1, 2016). "Drury's audition gives D-backs a good problem". MLB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  15. Manning, Deena (November 4, 2015). "GP's Drury looks back on experience". Grants Pass Daily Courier. Retrieved June 21, 2016 via Mail Tribune.
  16. Humburg, J.D. (September 23, 2015). "Former Oregon prep star Brandon Drury delivers first MLB home run in Diamondbacks win". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  17. Piecoro, Nick (March 13, 2016). "Brandon Drury might be a Plan B in Diamondbacks' outfield". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  18. Piecoro, Nick (April 2, 2016). "Brandon Drury slugs his way to Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  19. Bordow, Scott (April 28, 2016). "Brandon Drury's bat earning him additional playing time". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  20. Gilbert, Steve (June 19, 2016). "Brito, Miller recalled among flurry of moves". MLB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  21. Piecoro, Nick (June 19, 2016). "D-Backs option Brandon Drury, clear room for Shelby Miller". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  22. "D-backs place Brito on DL with broken toe, recall Drury". Fox Sports. June 24, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  23. Gilbert, Steve (June 24, 2016). "Drury recalled by D-backs as Brito hits DL". MLB.com. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  24. https://www.mlb.com/news/yankees-rays-d-backs-swing-three-way-deal/c-266808336
  25. "Yankees place Sabathia, Drury on DL". MLB. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  26. "Brandon Drury activated from DL, optioned to AAA". MLB. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  27. Thosar, Deesha (July 26, 2018). "Yankees add Happ in deal with Blue Jays". MLB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
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