- In 2011, Brandon led the Gulf Coast League in hits with 92 and hit safely in 25 of his final 26 games, barely losing the batting title to Bluefield's Kevin Pillar on the final day of season, .3475 to .3472.
Drury's strong work ethic and fine makeup enable him to get the most out of the abililty God has blessed him with.
Brandon is what you call a baseball rat. Nobody outworks him. And he is a good teammate.
All managers and coaches love Drury's work ethic.
In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Drury as the 10th-best prospect in the Braves' organization. He was at #27 in the Braves' farm system during the offseason before 2013 spring training, but was traded to the D-Backs late in January.
In the spring of 2014, they had Brandon as the 9th-best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization, and he was #7 a year later, in 2015. They had Drury at #5 in the winter before 2016 spring training.
So much of success in baseball hinges on being mentally tough, and Drury understands he needs to keep his mind right to get to where he eventually wants to be as a player.
“I struggled at times (in 2012) because I let one bad game turn into two, and two into three. I let go and go and go,” Drury said. “I have to realize that I am a good player and when the day is over, it’s time to move on to the next one.”
Drury has always dreamed of making it in baseball. He played football and basketball when he was younger, but he opted to focus only on baseball once he got to high school. He was intent on going straight to the pros once his prep career was finished.
"I'm big on hard work paying off,” Drury said. “I want to be able to work as hard as I can, so that at the end of the year, I don’t look back and think, ‘What if I had done this or what if I had done that?’” Drury said. “I work smart, but I don’t overdo it, so that I can feel good about my game.” (Brian Lester - Baseball America - 8/20/13)
In 2013, Brandon led the Midwest League in doubles (51), games (134) and extra-base hits (70).
The offseason before 2014 spring training, Drury's offseason workout partner was Rockies all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
The two were introduced by Brian Diatte, who was Tulowitzki’s coach at Fremont High in Sunnyvale, Calif., before coaching Drury at Grants Pass High School in Oregon. Drury and Tulowitzki began working out together several winters ago.
“It’s been huge,” said Drury. "Not only can you watch a guy like that and learn a lot, but he is one of the hardest workers,” Drury said. “You’re going to keep working just to be like him. I try to pick his brain whenever I can about hitting, certain situations.”
Drury spent the 2015 offseason working out again with Troy Tulowitzki, and he has received help from the All-Star ever since he was 14 years old. In the spring of 2015, Drury made sure to spend as much time with Diamondback first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as he could, watching his routine and taking bits and pieces of it for himself.
"I learned from him and picked his brain," Drury said. "Just to see what he's thinking and how he works. He's one of the best players in the game, so I don't see why you wouldn't want to be around a guy like that and make sure you learn from him."
After hitting well at both Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno, Drury got the call to the big leagues in September 2015. He may have hit just .214, but what he learned from his time was invaluable.
"Just being in a big league stadium and playing in front of 40,000 people and facing guys that you've watched on TV," Drury said. "Just to get the newness of that out of the way, I think is nice. Now going into the season, it's just baseball—it's not that new feel to it. Last year, I kind of tuned it out and was just playing, but I think this year I will just be more comfortable." (Gilbert - MLB.com - 3/29/16)
- June 2010: Drury fell to the 13th round of the draft, out of Grants Pass High School in Oregon. And the lure of pro ball proved too strong and he ultimately signed with the Braves for $85,000, via scout Brett Evert.
- January 24, 2013: The Diamondbacks traded OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson to Atlanta for INF Martin Prado, RHP Randy Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed, and Drury.