Brandon Drury
Brandon Drury
28-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
New York Mets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The launch angle revolution only works if you have the raw power to drive flyballs out of the yard. Be it by design or not, Drury's flyball rate has climbed since 2017. Meanwhile, his power and BABIP have plummeted as he's met the ball with far less authority. Last season, things really cratered as Drury posted an anemic .358 OPS featuring a .184 OBP as his highest decimal. The Blue Jays designated Drury for assignment, and after clearing waivers, he was assigned to their alternate training facility before Toronto ultimately cut bait in the offseason. He joined the Mets on a minor-league deal in January of 2021. Drury will turn 29 years old in August, so the window is closing for him to establish himself. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Mets in January of 2021.
Goes yard again
3BNew York Mets
July 28, 2021
Drury went 1-for-1 with a game-winning solo home run in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Atlanta.
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Entering the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, Drury got hold of a Max Fried curveball to produce the winning margin. The 28-year-old utility player now has four homers in only 52 plate appearances for the Mets, but he's unlikely to push his way into consistent playing time unless the team suffers another rash of injuries.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
2
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+255%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .658 193 22 5 12 0 .245 .264 .394
Since 2019vs Right .632 359 30 14 39 0 .206 .259 .373
2021vs Left 1.000 22 3 2 2 0 .318 .318 .682
2021vs Right .792 34 3 2 7 0 .281 .324 .469
2020vs Left .565 23 2 0 0 0 .261 .261 .304
2020vs Right .159 26 1 0 1 0 .043 .115 .043
2019vs Left .620 148 17 3 10 0 .231 .257 .364
2019vs Right .653 299 26 12 31 0 .211 .264 .389
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+487%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+153%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .758 266 27 13 33 0 .246 .286 .472
Since 2019Away .531 286 25 6 18 0 .195 .238 .293
2021Home 1.672 24 6 4 8 0 .522 .542 1.130
2021Away .285 32 0 0 1 0 .129 .156 .129
2020Home .167 12 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083
2020Away .422 37 3 0 1 0 .176 .216 .206
2019Home .694 230 21 9 25 0 .226 .270 .424
2019Away .587 217 22 6 16 0 .209 .253 .333
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Drury compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.15
 
BB Rate
3.6%
 
K Rate
23.2%
 
BABIP
.324
 
ISO
.259
 
AVG
.296
 
OBP
.321
 
SLG
.556
 
OPS
.877
 
wOBA
.379
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.5%
 
Barrels/PA
12.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Considering Drury's anemic .218/.262/.380 slash line, it's a wonder he played in 120 games with 447 plate appearances. Being able to fill in at a lot of positions helped, as did the Blue Jays suffering several injuries all around the diamond. That said, with the emergence of several young hitters in the Toronto infield and outfield, Drury will need to pick up the pace if he wants to see the field as much this season. Unfortunately, the indicators aren't in Drury's favor. His plate skills are eroding; he fanned a career-high 25.6% of the time while walking at a meager 5.6% clip. Plus, his average exit velocity is well below average. Usually, it's a good thing when you're one injury away from regular playing time at several positions. For Drury, it's a detriment as his scant counting stats aren't sufficient to overcome the punishment on your batting average.
Last year was a lost season for Drury at the most inopportune time. Drury revealed early in the season he had struggled with migraines throughout his time in Arizona and that issue plagued him again early in 2018 and cost him his job with the Yankees. He went to Triple-A and raked to a .294/.403/.447 line while there and was eventually traded to Toronto in the J.A. Happ deal. The good news is that he remains in a friendly run environment and should have a spot on the diamond to pick up where he left off in 2017. He has fared better against lefties throughout his career, and has multi-positional abilities even though he is only third-base eligible on draft day. He is a decent flier in single-league formats given his power potential, and should be an easy guy to grab very late in drafts due to his horrendous 2018 season at the big-league level.
Instead of taking a step forward at the plate as many hoped he would, Drury took a step back in his age-24 season. His wRC+ and wOBA both fell 10 points from his 2016 sample, and the batted-ball data suggests he was fortunate to finish where he did (.310 xwOBA). Drury continued to drive the ball into the ground roughly 50 percent of the time, and more than 10 percent of his flyballs stayed in the infield. Improved defense was his saving grace, but Drury still couldn't avoid falling into a part-time role by the end of the season. His plate skills are a little shaky (5.8 percent walk rate, 21.5 percent strikeout rate), and his backslide against left-handed pitching was particularly concerning. While he'll play in a favorable hitting environment following the trade to New York and the second-base position has thinned out, the lack of track record and uncertainty of playing time make Drury a volatile asset.
Drury put together a solid 2016 season playing all over the field for the Diamondbacks. He played 89 games in the outfield, but also made 29 appearances at third, 16 appearances at second and even made one appearance at first base. While not an Opening Day starter at any of these positions, Drury was still able to log 461 at-bats, and he slugged 16 home runs to go along with 53 RBI. One of the reasons Drury found himself in the lineup so often was his improvement against right-handed pitching. In 2015, he hit just .152 against righties (albeit in just 33 at-bats). Last year, he bumped that number up to .283 while continuing to mash against lefties (.304 average in 2015, .280 last season). Drury will compete for a regular role at second base, but he will get plenty of at-bats whether or not he has a set position to begin the year.
Acquired from Atlanta in 2013 as part of the Justin Upton trade, Drury made his MLB debut in 2015 after a strong few years in the minors. Drury’s cup of coffee in the big leagues consisted of 20 games, in which he registered 59 plate appearances, hitting .214 with two home runs and eight RBI. A career .285 hitter in the minors, Drury could improve at the plate as he adjusts to big league pitching. Drury only hit five home runs in 567 plate appearances last year at Double-A and Triple-A, though he did belt 23 in 2014 playing at the High-A and Double-A levels. Speed doesn’t figure to be a big part of his game going forward — he's yet to steal more than four bases in any of his professional seasons. His defensive flexibility (he played at second, third and shortstop last year with Arizona) should help him get enough starts to be useful in deeper formats, and his advanced hit tool makes him worth following in shallower leagues as well.
A throw-in from the trade that sent Justin Upton to the Braves in 2013, Drury has hit at every stop since joining the Diamondbacks. The 22-year-old third baseman hit .302, .300, and .294 at Low-A, High-A, and Double-A, respectively, over the past two seasons, and has managed to keep his strikeout rate below 20.0% at each stop. Last season, Drury hit 23 home runs in 594 plate appearances between High-A and Double-A, but he is unlikely to ever be an above-average power threat in the major leagues, relative to his position. It's unclear when the Diamondbacks might give him consideration to compete for their third-base job following the signing of Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas this winter. If Drury can continue to flash a plus hit tool in a return stop to Double-A and a likely promotion to Triple-A during the 2015 season, he may begin to force the issue in 2016.
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Smacks third homer
3BNew York Mets
July 28, 2021
Drury went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 12-5 loss to Atlanta.
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Recalled by Mets
3BNew York Mets
July 24, 2021
Drury was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
3BNew York Mets
June 22, 2021
The Mets optioned Drury to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Shifts back to reserve role
3BNew York Mets
June 9, 2021
Drury is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Filling in for Villar
3BNew York Mets
June 6, 2021
Drury will start at third base and bat sixth Sunday against the Padres.
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