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3/16/1983 (33 y, 11 m, 3 d)
2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 15, Overall: 15, Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
$3.5M / 1 Years (2017)
Drew agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Nationals on Thursday, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. (1/26/2017)
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Year in Review:
The Drew boys like to mess with your head. Much like big brother J.D., Stephen is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. The shortstop appeared poised to break out after posting a .353 wOBA in 2008, but he took a step back and hit .261/.320/.428. His ISO dropped from .211 in '08 to .167 in '09. Never an RBI threat, Drew also shaved 20 runs scored off of his '08 total to end the year at 71. His walk rate, which has averaged out about 7.0% over the past two seasons, negatively impacts his run totals. He's shown the ability to run the bases well (including double-digit triples in '08 and '09) but Drew has never stolen more than nine bases. After two straight seasons of poor UZR ratings at shortstop, the 27-year-old infielder made some improvements in the field, which helped to make up for his lackluster offensive contributions.
The Year Ahead:
Drew entered '09 as a top-10 option for shortstop in mixed leagues but he ended the year significantly below that ranking. Once again, he enters a season as a complete enigma: he could absolutely break out, or he could continue to be mediocre. His '08 season gives hope for the future as he enters his prime as a hitter. If all goes well for Drew, he has the potential to hit .280-290 with 20-25 homers and 10 steals. He's likely, though, to miss 15-20 games due to nagging injuries. With Augie Ojeda representing the club's next-in-line option at shortstop, Drew will continue to play every day as long as he avoids the DL. (Marc Hulet)
After an outstanding 2008 campaign in which he hit more than 20 homers with a batting average north of .290, Drew slipped in 2009 and was a major disappointment to owners across the nation. Most of his decline was due to a drop in power production, which improved a little in 2010. While he wasn’t a stud by any measure, Drew put together a solid 2010, playing at least 150 games for the third time in four years. Drew is just entering his peak, so jumping back to a 20 HR pace shouldn't surprise us in the least. Throughout his Major League career, Drew has hit much better against right-handed pitching, and that trend continued last year. While he’ll play every day for the Diamondbacks, you can maximize his value by keeping him out of your lineup when he faces a southpaw. If he can combine 20 homers, 10 steals and a .280 average, he’ll be a very good option at shortstop this year. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Drew is one of the more interesting shortstops out there, as he'll probably be undervalued on draft day and is just entering his peak years. If you keep him out of your lineup against lefties, you can really maximize his value.
Stephen Drew’s 2011 was cut short by an ankle injury that forced him out for the remainder of his season after just 86 games and 354 plate appearances. When he left, things weren’t going particularly well offensively either, posting a .252/.317/.396 line with just five home runs. Drew will be 29 by the beginning of 2012, and we’ve likely seen the best of his offensive output already. His swinging strike rate has escalated for three consecutive years and at 8.7%, it doesn’t represent anything particularly alarming, but he doesn’t demonstrate contact skills to improve upon his 21% strikeout rate. Over the course of the season, Drew can likely be counted on for home runs in the low teens, he’ll flirt with double-digit steals, and he should hit something close to his .270 career average. As a shortstop, he represents something a little better than a warm body in standard leagues, but he’s not a player you should expect to break out in any particular way. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Drew is 29 and there’s no current guarantee he will be ready for Spring Training. He’s coming off one of his worst offensive seasons, so his cost may be low, and Drew shouldn’t be a black hole at any counting stat. As a shortstop, that’s still pretty handy.
Drew was slow to recover from a gruesome ankle injury, making his debut in late-June. Even after he returned, he struggled to produce, hitting under .200 in July. That didn't stop the A's from taking a chance on Drew in August. And while his overall numbers look disappointing, he was able to pick up his performance over the last month of the season, hitting .263/.331/.421. Taking a one-year deal with the Red Sox was probably the smartest decision Drew could make this offseason. He's entering a good hitter's park, and should be a candidate for a bounce-back year if he's finally over the ankle injury. (
The Quick Opinion:
Drew should be in for a nice rebound year if he's over his ankle injury. Going to Fenway should help him re-capture his power stroke. He's a candidate to jump back into the top-10 at short and should go late in drafts.
Now multiple years removed from a broken ankle, Stephen Drew bounced back on a one-year, make-good contract with the Red Sox. His strikeout and walk rates didn't change a lot (in fact, if anything, they regressed a touch), but his batting average on balls in play bounced back to .320. While that may be a little high at first blush, J.D.'s little brother has done a good job of posting well above-average line drive rates over his career, something that the BABIP gods approve of. His power also ticked up a bit, but his batted ball distance didn't improve that much, implying there isn't a lot of upside in the homer department for the 31-year-old. The good news (actually, probably neutral news) is that line-drive hitters like Drew are relatively park independent, so his value will remain fairly unchanged regardless of where he ends up playing shortstop in 2014. Keep an eye on lineup slot and playing time, but he should remain a safe, albeit low-ceilinged, shortstop or middle infield option in mixed leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Playoffs aside, Stephen Drew had a fairly successful first season in Boston. A line-drive hitter, Drew will never hit for power but should be able to sustain .300+ batting average on balls in play. Coupled with a double-digit walk rate, that should allow him to keep hitting enough to function as a low-end starter in mixed leagues.
What a strange turn of events for Stephen Drew. After reportedly turning down several multi-year contract offers, Drew sat out the first two months of the season, ultimately signing in late May with the Boston Red Sox, accepting a pro-rated share of a qualifying salary offer. You could call that getting Kendrys Morales'd, but I imagine it will come to be known as "getting Drew'd" since it tends to roll of the tongue a little cleaner. What's worse is once he signed, his bat never caught up. He went on to hit just .176/.255/.328 for the Red Sox, who then dealt him to the New York Yankees where he managed to hit worse, registering a .150/.219/.271 slash line. It would be foolish to forget that he was a very productive shortstop as recently as 2013, and if he can find regular playing time with the Yankees at second base this year, most reasonable projections will put him in double-digit home run range with middling runs and RBI. Given position scarcity, that might make him usable enough in deeper leagues. His plate discipline numbers weren't that far off of his career rates and his batting average on balls in play was an abysmal .194 in 2014, so a bounce back of some kind seems likely. But Drew turns 32 early in 2015, so he's on the wrong end of the aging curve and given his history, he's not likely to hit for a decent average. (
The Quick Opinion:
Scott Boras held his cards perhaps a little too long on Stephen Drew and he not only paid for it with his pocketbook, but Drew paid for it on the field. His batting line was the worst of his career in 2014, and a regular role in 2015 is anything but guaranteed. Even at second base for the Yankees.
After struggling intensely in 2014, Stephen Drew re-signed with the Yankees on a one-year contract in an attempt to turn things around. The veteran infielder had a very hot-and-cold campaign as the club's everyday second baseman last season, but he overall hit .201/.271/.381 in 131 games and 428 trips to the plate, good for a 79 park and league adjusted OPS. Although those numbers are modest, Drew did manage to leave the yard 17 times, marking the second-highest homer total of his career (21 in '08). One may think he was helped by the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium, but Drew actually hit eight home runs on the road and just nine at home, and he owned a .693 OPS while away vs. a .610 mark at home. The key to Drew's power surge seems to have been his 11.6% home run per fly ball rate, easily the highest of his career and well above his lifetime 8.0% mark. On the other side of the ball, Drew is still contributing on defense, even if he has moved to second base and is not as slick with the leather as he once was. After signing with the Nationals this winter, he is expected to fill a utility infielder role backing up Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon, and Daniel Murphy while Trea Turner gets his reps at Triple-A. This means fantasy owners can't expect too much at draft time, as Drew will only get part-time at-bats with a low average, a bit of pop, and no speed. (Dylan Higgins)
The Quick Opinion:
Drew showed signs of life last year with 17 home runs, but not much else went his way for the second baseman. The veteran is unlikely to repeat that power output, and his part-time role as a utility infielder for the Nationals means most fantasy owners can leave him on the waiver wire.
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