BRANDON S. DRURY
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   2B-3B-OF
Home: Grants Pass, OR Team:   DIAMONDBACKS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 215 Throws:   R
DOB: 8/21/1992 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 27  
Birth City: Grants Pass, OR
Draft: Diamondbacks #13 - 2010 - Out of high school (OR)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2010 GCL GCL-Braves   52 192 20 38 7 1 3 17 2 2 9 50 .248 .292 .198
2011 APP DANVILLE   63 265 40 92 23 0 8 54 3 0 6 35 .367 .525 .347
2012 SAL ROME   123 445 47 102 22 3 6 51 3 4 20 73 .270 .333 .229
2013 MWL SOUTH BEND   134 526 78 159 51 4 15 85 1 1 47 92 .362 .500 .302
2014 SL MOBILE   29 105 12 31 7 0 4 14 0 0 7 19 .345 .476 .295
2014 CAL VISALIA   107 430 73 129 35 1 19 81 3 3 41 76 .366 .519 .300
2015 AZL GOODYEAR   1 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .400 .250 .250
2015 NL DIAMONDBACKS   20 56 3 12 3 0 2 8 0 0 2 8 .254 .375 .214
2015 PCL RENO   63 251 43 83 26 0 2 25 0 2 21 35 .384 .458 .331
2015 SL MOBILE   67 273 22 76 14 1 3 36 4 5 11 41 .306 .370 .278
2016 NL DIAMONDBACKS $509.00 134 461 59 130 31 1 16 53 1 1 31 100 .329 .458 .282
2016 PCL RENO   3 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .143 .143
2017 NL DIAMONDBACKS $559.00 41 149 16 44 13 1 4 17 1 1 8 35 .335 .477 .295
Personal
  • 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)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • 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.
Batting
  • Drury should always hit for a good batting average because he repeats a simple, quick, compact swing, uses the whole field and turns around quality fastballs. His power is solid coming from a strong man with the bat speed for extra bases—a whole lot of doubles and a few home runs.
  • He squares up on the ball real well, so expect his home run numbers to increase about every season. He gets good carry on his hits because of the backspin he generates. That alone could make many of his doubles turn into home runs as he gets stronger and matures as a hitter. He has some leverage in his swing. And his bat speed is impressive.

    He uses the whole field really well.

  • Brandon rarely walks, but he also doesn't strike out excessively. Drury knows the strike zone. He works counts and excels at making contact. He has a short, compact stroke, generating good bat speed.

    He is a threat to make an impact every time he steps on the field. He has good awareness for the barrel.

    “I’m big on not giving at-bats away. I want to be the guy who is a tough out,” Drury said. “I want people to say I play hard and play the game the right way.”

  • Drury credits his productive hitting to a solid day-in, day-out approach.

    “I try to use the whole field and not get pull happy,” Drury said, “try not to get too long. It’s just being consistent. Driving the ball in the gaps when you get your pitch. It’s getting ahead in the count and hitting the pitch you want to hit.”

  • Brandon struggles to hit good offspeed pitches, but almost everyone does.

  • Drury makes hard, consistent contact with a short swing. He doesn't try to pull every pitch, and while his bat isn't the quickest, he takes pitches he can reach to the opposite field.

    Brandon gets his entire body in his swing. He has average bat speed, but the effort and strength in his approach help him drive the ball. More a gap hitter than a home run threat, Drury's power should emerge as he continues to refine his game.

  • Rival managers admired Drury’s presence at the plate, his bat-head awareness and line-drive stroke, agreeing that his bat will carry him to an everyday role in the majors. He makes frequent contact and will hit at least .280 in the Majors. Though he has above-average raw power, he may max at with around 20 homers per season,

    In 2015, Brandon hit just three home runs while at Mobile, which at least one scout attributed to overactive feet in the batter’s box that left him without a hitting base. He resolved the issue prior to moving up the ladder. (Matt Eddy - Baseball America - 10/07/15)

  • As of the start of the 2017 season, Brandon's career Major League stats were: .275 batting average, 18 home runs with 61 RBI's in 517 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Brandon  played shortstop in high school despite well below-average speed. He made a successful switch to third base when he turned pro. At the hot corner, he provides about average range, makes the routine plays, has an above-average arm, and his throws are becoming more and more accurate.
  • Drury makes all the plays at third base. He has good hands and fits best there, thanks to his strong arm.

  • Brandon plays deep because he trusts his above-average arm.
  • Drury can also play some second base and even shortstop. But he lacks the quickness to play every day in the middle infield

    “That would be pretty cool if I could play there . . . whether it is third or second, if I am in the lineup, I’m happy,” Brandon said during the 2014 Arizona Fall League.

  • In 2015, he saw action in 59 starts at second base.  He is decent at the keystone sack, but lacks the quick feet most middle infielders have in the Majors.

  • He works at all parts of the game.
  • In 2016, he is playing outfield for the D'Backs.
  • In April 2017, he was the D'Backs' starting second baseman.
Running
  • The only thing Brandon doesn't do well is run. He has below-average speed.
Career Injury Report
  • None.