What to expect from Stephen Drew

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Yesterday, we discussed what the Yankees could expect from Brian McCann as he begins his sophomore season with the Bronx Bombers. Today we move to second base and discuss what the Yankees can expect from Stephen Drew, who is coming off a poor season with the Yankees and Red Sox.

When Stephen Drew declined the Boston Red Sox qualifying offer following the 2013 season, he and his agent Scott Boras believed he was going to get a big contract on the free agent market. The big deal for Drew never came and instead he was forced to miss Spring Training, April and the first half of May. The Red Sox eventually signed Drew and he made his 2014 debut in mid-May, but he wasn’t the player the Red Sox expected him to be. At the trade deadline, the Yankees and Red Sox became business partners, the Yankees sending Kelly Johnson to Boston and the Yankees acquiring Drew. With Drew as a Yankee, the Yankees finally had an option at second base, following Brian Roberts being designated for assignment after he didn’t meet expectations.

Drew never got on a huge roll, ending the season with a .162/.237/.299 with 7 HR’s and 26 RBI’s. Drew’s 2014 numbers were a far cry from his 2013 numbers where he went .253/.333/.443 with 13 HR’s and 67 RBI’s with the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Many were surprised the Yankees once again took a chance on Drew, signing him to a one-year, $5 Million deal but the truth of the matter is, Drew possibly can’t play any worse than he did last year. Plus, he plays a tremendous infield, which will ultimately save a few runs.

So what are the Yankees expecting from Drew this season?

The Yankees are hoping the Stephen Drew of 2013 makes a comeback since he is slated to be the starting second basemen coming into camp. Drew has always been a Gold Glove-type second basemen, but the Yankees need his offense as well. Maybe the Yankees took a chance on Drew due to him not having a full season last year. Maybe with March, April and May under Drew’s belt, he’ll have a far more productive year. The Yankees are crossing their fingers, because Drew is one of the many storylines that will unfold as the 2015 season gets underway.

Tomorrow: We look at the current shortstop Didi Gregorius, who has some big shoes to fill following the retirement of Yankee-legend Derek Jeter.

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8 Responses to What to expect from Stephen Drew

  1. Celerino says:

    If you believe the Scott Boras propaganda, he just needs a normal spring training and he'll be the guy he was five years ago. I won't go that far, but I'll be enough of an optimist (or deluded fan) to think that repeating 2013 is possible. Maybe a slightly lower batting average.

  2. I am not expecting much from him. He brings a decent glove and he "literally" can't do than last year. Well he can, but it is highly unlikely he is THAT bad of a hitter.

    His presence on the team poses a dilemma for me. Refsnyder, who I want to see play, won't get the chance unless Drew fails. As a Yankee fan, I obviously don't root for anyone on the team to fail. Hopefully, Refsnyder forces the issue by having a killer Spring Training.

    It would be great to have Refsnyder in there building chemistry right away with Didi.

    • Well technically if Didi fails, the Yankees could easily slide Drew to short and call up Refsnyder. Even if Drew and Didi both do well it wouldn't be the worst thing to keep Refsnyder in AAA until September. He hasn't had a full year yet in AAA and he still needs seasoning at second base. Remember, he was an outfielder that never played infield at all until the Yankees drafted him. From everything I've heard, he's still not ready defensively (probably why he hasn't been called up yet and why they signed Drew at all).

  3. Meant to say that he can't do "worse"

  4. Balt Yank says:

    If Drew plays "the back of his baseball card," as the Braintrust Genius recently said, Drew will do worse than his outlier 2013 Boston campaign but above last year, hitting around 240 with 12 home runs. WOW! I just looked at that baseball card and he had some decent years from 2008 through 2010 when he was younger. Since then, hmmm.

    • In his career, Drew has hit .256/.322/.425. That's pretty good for an above average every day infielder. Obviously not Jeter quality, but let's keep in perspective how great Jeter was and not act like a bunch of spoiled fans.

  5. YankeezFan says:

    Lets face it the Yankees paid 5M to have a Brendan Ryan clone.. YAY!! the team needs more Defensive specialists and less hitters, i mean they did so well last year hitting the ball. Great signing……….

  6. @DaveGian says:

    He won't even approach his 2013 level. Which, really, was just so-so, especially in a hitter's park. I'd look for .230/.300/.350 as his upside. As for defense, he's good but not elite.

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