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Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: BRANDON DRURY OUTFIELDER ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder/third baseman Brandon Drury made sure to put himself in the best position possible to claim a regular spot on the team during 2017 spring training as he reportedly showed up to camp with 10 new pounds of muscle packed onto his 24-year-old frame.  While far from a top prospect as an original 13th-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2010, Drury put himself on the map when he came up last season and cracked 16 home runs and batted a solid .282 in 499 at-bats.  Having shown a good eye at the plate for a rookie as evidenced by a low 20.0 K/9 rate and a decent enough 6.2 BB/9, Drury clearly has an idea of what he is doing at the dish and the power was eye-opening for a previously unknown guy.  Drury has earned himself a long look this spring and it appears the D-Backs at the very least will have him aboard as a utility guy or even as a starting outfielder or third baseman.  For the price of a very late round pick, you can find out if last season's power output is for real.  There is a chance given the power and solid hitting rates that Drury could be a plus in the average, runs, RBI, and home run categories for the cost of almost nothing.  While he has zero speed, Drury should be on your sleeper list given the upside.


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