New York Mets Sign Brandon Drury To A Minor League Deal

The New York Mets strengthened their minor league depth by signing utility player Brandon Drury. The 28-year old veteran has played every position other than center field, pitcher, and catcher. Drury is hoping to revive his career after a couple of down seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. He played with the Arizona Diamondbacks when current Mets GM Jared Porter was in his first year with the club.

Drury had a good start to his career as a member of the D’backs. He batted .279 with a .441 slugging in just under 300 games with the D’Backs. Before the 2018 season, the New York Yankees acquired him in a three-team trade. Injuries and lack of production forced him to spend time in the minors before being dealt to the Blue Jays for J.A. Happ.

During his 149 games in Toronto, Drury only hit .208 with 15 home runs. Since 2018, he has only hit .205 with flashes of power. His power with his ability to play as a utility man makes for a useful player with a chance to make the opening day roster. Drury is another example of a low risk, high reward minor league signing the Mets have made all offseason.



Game 2 Recap: New York Yankees at Blue Jays

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The New York Yankees won their second game of the season and showed how deep the lineup truly is. The Yankees scored four runs even with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary  Sanchez combining to go 0-12 tonight. Brandon Drury and Billy Mckinney had great nights at the plate. In his first start of the season Masahiro Tanaka backed up Luis Severino’s Opening Day gem with a dominate start of his own.

W-Tanaka 1-0 (1.50 ERA)

L- Sanchez 0-1 (6.35 ERA)

S- Chapman (1)

Offensive Recap

The New York Yankees did not score in the first inning tonight ,but the they did score in the second.  Didi ropped a triple to dead centerfield ,but he was thrown out at home when Sanchez in the next at bat hit a ball to third.  Newest Yankee Billy McKinney, who is up because of an injury to Aaron Hicks, hit is first career major league hit. A single to right that moved Sanchez to third.

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Brandon Drury followed Mckinney with a booming double to right field, he missed a homer by a few inches.

The Yankees then scored again in fourth and it was Drury again who knocked in Didi with a two out single to put the Yankees back ahead.

The Yankees added two more runs to their lead in the sixth inning. Tyler Wade collected his first hit of the season and it was a big one. Wade with the bases loaded hit a double to center that scored Didi and Neil Walker.

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Pitching Recap

Tanaka started his first game of the season and was brilliant. After serving up a second inning solo homer to Randal Grichuk, Tanaka settled down. He retired 13 batters in a row to finish a strong outing.

Tommy Kahnle entered the game in seventh and was dominate. He was a little wild in the eighth as he walked Russel Martin to start the inning and then got Kevin Pillar to fly out to Judge. David Robertson was then inserted into the game and threw five pitches to end the inning.

Aroldis Champan came into the game to try and earn his first save of the season. Chapman made quick work of the first two batters he faced ,but struggled to record the final out. He gave up back to back hits to pinch hitter Steve Pearce and Yangervis Solarte. Chapman finally got the third and final out after he caught Grichuk looking at a 100 mph fastball on the corner.

Player of the Game

Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney are co-players of the game. Drury was the spark for the Yankees lineup as he drove in  two runs for the Yankees tonight. He has a solid approach at the plate and shows why he was acquired to be the starting third baseman.

Drury- 2-3, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 Double

Billy McKinney was called up today because of an injury to Aaron Hicks. He did not disappoint and collected his first major league hit. McKinney is a solid player who has the potential to become a good major leaguer.

McKinney- 1-4, 1st major league hit

Didi’s Post-Game Tweet

Tomorrows Game

Yankees at Blue Jays

4:07 ET Rogers Centre

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New York Yankees: Brandon Drury Injury Update

What Happened to Drury ?

During the New York Yankees Spring Training contest against the rival Boston Red Sox at George M Steinbrenner Field on Friday March 23rd, Brandon Drury was hit by a pitch in the left elbow and was immediately removed from the game.

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Drury was taken in for X-Rays which came back negative. Brandon will sit out a few days to recover, but should be ready for Opening Day on Thursday March 29th in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

Drury was acquired in a three team trade at the beginning of Spring Training. Leading to expected re-assigning of the Yankees hope third base prospect Miguel Andújar back to Triple A Scranton.

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This Spring Drury has hit .239 batting average with 1 homerun and 5 rbi’s. Drury has played solid defense at third base and will look to take that solid play into the season.

New York Yankees: The Ellsbury Effect

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

With the start of the Major League regular season a week away, the New York Yankees have a decision that needs to be made:

Who is making the roster to replace the oft injured Jacoby Ellsbury? Jacoby was at one time and six hours North of the Bronx a very productive Major League ballplayer. However, throughout his time in the pinstripes, Ellsbury has been less than a shell of his former self.

Ellsbury has played for the Yankees across four seasons, in that time he has only managed to have one season above “replacement level” production (2014), according to Baseball Reference’s OPS+. 2014 was Jacoby’s first season in the Bronx and his last truly productive season.

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Now, with Ellsbury set to begin the season on the shelf, this opens up a spot on the 25-man roster to “Break Camp” with the team heading North. Manager Aaron Boone told members of the media that Tyler Wade has made the ball club. Many believe that he will be the starting second baseman on Opening Day in Toronto on March 29th.

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The Yankees current roster consists of:

Catchers: Gary Sanchez & Austin Romine
First Baseman: Greg Bird
Second Basemen: Tyler Wade & Neil Walker
Third Baseman: Brandon Drury
Shortstop: Didi Gregorius & Ronald Torreyes
Left Fielder: Brett Gardner
Center Fielder: Aaron Hicks
Right Fielders: Aaron Judge & Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher: Luis Severino, Mashiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray & Jordan Montgomery
Relief Pitchers: David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Adam Warren & Chasen Shreve
Closer: Aroldis Chapman

Who Gets A Shot ?

That gives you 24 out of 25 players to start out the 2018 season for the New York Yankees. The injury to Ellsbury leaves an opening. Some who have thought that it could have been someone like Tyler Austin who was having a tremendous Spring, but he was reassigned back to Minor League camp on March 21st before the Yankees game against the Orioles. This however does leave the opening for the starter in the same game…. Luis Cessa.

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Cessa has been up and down for the Yankees since his acquisition by the Yankees in December of 2015. Cessa has pitched 106 innings for the Yankees to the tune of a 4.49 era. Luis will have an opportunity to show what he has earlier in the season as the Yankees will have five straight games to open up the start of the regular season.

The injury to Ellsbury could have been the golden ticket to the Bronx for a premium talent like Clint Frazier, however, they both went down at similar times and have stayed out recovering. Clint won’t be getting that opportunity.

This season will be a defining point for Clint Frazier, as with the number of outfielders already on the Major League roster and an impending free agent who hasn’t been shy about stating his fandom for the Pinstripes looming. Frazier once healed up from his concussion must set the world by storm, if he has any hopes of staying in Pinstripes.

Lasting Impression:

Jacoby, much like Clint Frazier, has seen the writing on the wall. And while his contract is rather cumbersome, it’s not impossible to think GM Brian Cashman can sell his talents to another team and move his monetary obligations elsewhere.

Ellsbury’s injury will be a foreshadowing of the potential future the Yankees will have. If the first few weeks of the season pass and Ellsbury has not returned vying that 25th spot on the roster, he may be replaced by a rising prospect.

Jacoby Ellsbury will have a major effect on the Yankees success this season; when healthy he could be a productive fourth outfielder, if unhealthy his spot will provide the launching pad for the top prospects in the top sixth farm system in all of baseball.

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3 Keys to Success for the 2018 New York Yankees

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Started From the Bottom Now We’re Here:

Prior to the start of the 2017 season the New York Yankees were a young team in unfamiliar territory; they were supposed to be rebuilding. A team on the verge of competition but not quite yet ready to contend. However, how wrong those “experts” were, the 2017 New York Yankees came within one game of reaching the World Series.

So we turn the page to the 2018 season for the New York Yankees to continue their success from 2017, and go even further in the upcoming 2018 season.

These are the top 3 keys to that success:

  • Consistency

The key to any winning season in baseball does have an element of luck to it. There’s the old idiom that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. And for the Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, he has been extremely unlucky during his brief Major League tenure.  If Bird can stay consistently healthy in 2018, he will have an opportunity to have a huge impact on the Yankees chance at a World Series win.

Gary Sanchez has done a wonderful job during Spring Training of providing consistent defense, namely blocking balls in the dirt. Blocking balls was the one part of Sanchez’ game that plagued him last season.

Sanchez put in work this off-season to become more flexible to assist him with this defensive lapse from last season. So, if Gary can continue to put the effort toward his journey to improvement, we could see a drastically different catcher behind the plate, defensively.

All rise the honorable Aaron Judge is now presiding over his court!

Aaron had an incredible and historic rookie campaign. He dealt with the peaks that allowed him to dine with Zeus in Olympus and the pits that saw him battle with Hades in Hell.

This season, Aaron looked more determined than before. In the Spring of 2017 Judge came in battling for a job with the inscription of his .179 batting average as motivation. This spring, Judge remains motivated by the six weeks that costed him the opportunity to be not only the unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year, but also MVP, along with his personal desire to not be a one hit wonder.

If Judge can find that happy medium from his highs and lows of 2017, there’s only one thing to say, quoting the retiring Yankees commentator Kenny Singleton “LOOKOUT.”

  • In Cashman We Trust

In following up the 2017 campaign, the Yankees will no longer be sneaking up on teams as a underdog story. The rest of the world is now aware of what the entire Yankee Universe already knew, and that’s that the New York Yankees do everything better than the rest of baseball.

The Yankees “rebuild” lasted all of 6 months (maybe). When the Yankees began to “sell off” players during the trade deadline of 2016, everyone thought that this would be the time the Bombers reset and journey through what the Chicago Cubs or the Houston Astros endured, a full tear down and reset. But the Yankees magical wizard of a General Manager Brian Cashman had other plans.

Cashman stock piled top echelon talent very quickly taking a farm system ranked 21st by Baseball Prospectus back in 2015. Now with having graduated talent to the Major Leagues, the Yankees are still the number six farm system according to MLB Pipeline.

Cashman has also been able to provide the Yankees with real talent for not a real devastating cost. Cash recently acquired Brandon Drury in a deal eerily similar to the deal that brought us Didi Gregorius several years back. Cashman and his lieutenants have been able to bring the organization to a level of real sustainability without overpaying for talent.

Which brings us to the final key point of the Yankees ability to be successful in 2018.

  • Dominance in Development

As previously stated, Cashman and his team have been able to draft and trade for some very high level talent. Talent that will ultimately help the team in one way or another.

There are three camps in the Yankees Universe, there are your “George-ian Candidates” who say trade every prospect to bring in high priced established veterans who can provide consistent year in and year out numbers.

There are the “Prospect Huggers” that don’t want to spend on any free agents that may block the kids. And lastly there are the “Cashman-ites” (credit to Mike Calendrillo of YGY for this name) who believes that the “Cream of the Crop” (using my best Macho Man Randy Savage voice) top prospects will stick and some of the others will be used in trade.

No matter what camp you fall into there’s no denying that the following prospects will have an impact on the Yankees World Series aspirations in 2018 and beyond. (The players below will be ranked based on their MLB Pipeline rankings).

  1. Gleyber Torres
  2. Estevan Florial
  3. Justus Sheffield
  4. Miguel Andújar
  5. Chance Adams (6th overall behind RHP Albert Abreu)

Another guy who is no longer a prospect but who’s development will determine his place on this team in 2018 and going forward is Clint Frazier. Frazier plays will a lot of fire and intensity, some of his behaviors/mannerisms rub people the wrong way, but I believe that if Frazier can stay hungry and humble he can be an incredible player in Pinstripes.

New York Yankees Player Preview: Brandon Drury

The New York Yankees acquired Brandon Drury on February 20th from the Diamondbacks in a three team trade that also involved the Rays. Drury is a player that GM Brian Cashman has stated he has wanted for a while, and I can understand why.

He is a young talented player who has the ability to play many different positions and is a threat at the plate.

Drury’s numbers last season, as per

.267 AVG, 13 HR, 63 RBI, .317 OBP, .447 SLG

Drury’s value:

Drury provides the Yankees with a fantastic player who can play all over the field. Drury has seen game action with the D-Backs at first, second, third, shortstop and both corner outfield positions. For the bombers though, he will be seeing a majority of playing time at third.

Drury is also a good hitter who lengthens the bottom of the Yankees lineup. Drury should start out batting in either the seventh or eighth hole. Having  a batter who is as a good as Drury batting in the bottom of the order shows how deep the lineup truly is.

Drury possess good power from the third base posititon and should see an increase in his homers this upcoming season. Drury hit 13 homers last season and was playing in a pitcher friendly NL West division. With Drury entering the AL East he should definitely come close to hitting 20 homers this season. He also hits for average and will consistenly get on base.

Similarities to Didi trade?

Cashman has a history of working with the D-Backs on trades. Cashman acquired pitcher Brandon McCarthy for the D-backs for Vidal Nuno. But, the biggest and most successful trade Cashman has made with them is the Didi trade. Didi has turned into a superstar and the trade will go down as one of Cashman’s best acquistions.

I can see Drury following the same path as Didi. Getting to play everyday for the Yankees and proving that Cashman is a genius. Drury is a player that can be a candidate for breakout player of the year. Time will tell but, I am extremely excited to see Drury wear the Pinstripes.