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NFT: Drury being grromed for "Super-sub" role?

Victor in CT : 5/15/2018 9:49 am
A few of us have suggested this, and RAB noticed (I missed it) that the Yanks called hin IF/OF in press release of his assignment to SWB.

"In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees activated 3B Brandon Drury from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton. Interestingly enough, they called him an “INF/OF” in the press release. I wonder if that means the Yankees are planning to move Drury around now?"

I think it's a great idea.
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why not  
UConn4523 : 5/15/2018 9:53 am : link
he's a luxury and if he can play multiple positions to give guys rest, I'm all for it.
RE: why not  
Victor in CT : 5/15/2018 9:59 am : link
In comment 13964082 UConn4523 said:
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he's a luxury and if he can play multiple positions to give guys rest, I'm all for it.


agree. you need versatility on the bench, especially when carrying just 3. I really would prefer 4.
I suspected this would eventually be the case  
rich in DC : 5/15/2018 11:28 am : link
Drury was actually a guy who played everywhere for the DBacks in 2015 and 2016- before being put at 2B in 2017 because they didn't have any better options there.

He has ML experience at 2B, 3B, LF, RF- and even one game at SS and one game at 1B. He also has some experience as a PH- 40 plate appearances as a PH.

He is not a great defender, but can be at least average at many positions. That gives a team options.

He could actually fill TWO bench roles. He can be the Yanks 5th OF AND their primary INF reserve (2B and 3B). He might even be given time at 1B in the minors to see if he can be a caddy to Bird (get ABs against tough lefties) or to give Bird a day of rest.

In other words, he would replace Austin on the roster- while also being an INF.

The Yanks could have Hicks be the 4th OF- playing all 3 positions, with Drury being the 5th guy- and the backup 1B, 2B and 3B. That would allow the Yanks to carry a guy who can be the backup SS- but would really be more of a PR type of player. With a backup C, the bench is all but complete.
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Heisenberg : 5/15/2018 11:50 am : link
He's been killing the ball
RE: I suspected this would eventually be the case  
BC Eagles94 : 5/15/2018 3:31 pm : link
In comment 13964217 rich in DC said:
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Drury was actually a guy who played everywhere for the DBacks in 2015 and 2016- before being put at 2B in 2017 because they didn't have any better options there.

He has ML experience at 2B, 3B, LF, RF- and even one game at SS and one game at 1B. He also has some experience as a PH- 40 plate appearances as a PH.

He is not a great defender, but can be at least average at many positions. That gives a team options.

He could actually fill TWO bench roles. He can be the Yanks 5th OF AND their primary INF reserve (2B and 3B). He might even be given time at 1B in the minors to see if he can be a caddy to Bird (get ABs against tough lefties) or to give Bird a day of rest.

In other words, he would replace Austin on the roster- while also being an INF.

The Yanks could have Hicks be the 4th OF- playing all 3 positions, with Drury being the 5th guy- and the backup 1B, 2B and 3B. That would allow the Yanks to carry a guy who can be the backup SS- but would really be more of a PR type of player. With a backup C, the bench is all but complete.


Completely agree. Which has made it strange why he has ONLY played 3B in his rehab stint in the minors. With Andujar, Drury's versatility to play a multitude of position in IF and OF should be used. To piggyback off what you said, in terms of experience at those other positions...he played 55 games at 1B in the low minors as well. So he should really be groomed down in AAA to play corner OF's, 2B, and 1B...in addition to 3B. Would only make him more valuable and make the team better.
Drury is being groomed for a trade  
Ron from Ninerland : 5/15/2018 5:39 pm : link
Unless there are injuries, there is simply no place on the Yankees for him. Drury is not going to replace Austin on the roster. Bird is. Drury is unlikely to replace Torreyes. Why replace a guy who can play 8 positions and is hitting .350 ? It is unlikely that Andujar is getting sent down. The knock on him is that he couldn't field. He can. Or that his hitting would cool off. It hasn't. Sure his batting average dipped a little. Against the pitching staffs of Houston, Cleveland and Boston.
Sure , its possible that Andujar may go into a 1 for 35 funk and get demoted, its possible Bird doesn't come back and its possible that an infielder gets hurt. Barring any of those things, I don't think Drury is long for this team.
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