The eventual arrival of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to have a massive impact on the Blue Jays roster, so what does that mean for Brandon Drury?
The consensus No.1 prospect in all of baseball is expected to be recalled by the Blue Jays later this season. When he’s called-up he will likely be given the majority of the playing time at third-base. So, that means Brandon Drury will lose his starting job at third base. But that doesn’t mean you won’t ever see him in a Blue Jays uniform ever again.
Drury will likely be used as a utility player all around the field once Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is up at the major-league level. The 26-year-old has previously played at 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF and RF. So this means that he will take over the role that will be served by Richard Urena to start this season. Drury will also provide more versatility than Urena in this role, because of his ability to play the outfield as well as the infield.
The Oregon-native has impressed manager Charlie Montoyo enough with his performance this spring for him to be the lead-off hitter in their lineup to start this season. In 18 games this spring, Drury has hit five doubles, three home runs, six RBI and slashed a line of .327/.389/.612. His OBP of .389 and BA of .327 are the two big reasons why he has won the lead-off job this spring. Although, Montoyo will likely have to find another player who can bat in the lead-off spot when Guerrero Jr. arrives.
While Drury’s offensive numbers have been a positive for him, his defensive numbers are an area where he will need to improve on. In 115 innings last season at third-base, Drury committed four errors and recorded a -1 DRS. In comparison, Urena recorded a DRS of one along with committing three errors in 135.1 innings at shortstop last season.
Despite Urena recording slightly better defensive numbers, he has options and isn’t able to play in the outfield like I stated above. While Drury is out of options and would have to be placed on waivers before he would be able to be sent down to the minor-leagues. So this all points to Urena being the player who is sent down when Guerrero Jr. is ultimately called-up.
Drury’s defensive numbers are a reason as to why Guerrero Jr. will be receiving the majority playing time at third-base. But, Drury’s offensive numbers show why he can be an effective utility player on this team. If he continues to produce these types of numbers in the regular season, then Montoyo will likely find a way to get him more playing time.
Which could prove to be an easy thought, given the versatility that Drury provides the team. There’s no question that Guerrero Jr. will be favored for the starting-job at third-base when he arrives. But Drury can still be an effective player for the Blue Jays with his offensive production, and his ability to play all over the diamond.
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My name is Thomas Hall. I’m a former graduate of Sheridan College. I’ve been writing for just over 2 years. My most recent writing stint came at The Sporster. I’m also a massive sports fan, obviously baseball and the Blue Jays are No. 1 for me. But, football, basketball and hockey aren’t far behind.