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Stephen Drew (2B,SS)

New York Yankees - 3% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: R

Drew broke into the hit column yesterday against the Angels going 1-for-3. That was his first and only hit in the last two series.

Fantasy Impact: He has not hit all too well at the plate this season, but his power numbers have been pretty good for his position, hitting 11 home runs. There has been little to no consistent production at second base for the Yankees and one has to wonder what the club is going to do about it. Whether the team brings up Robert Refsnyder or trades for a second baseman before the trade deadline, they need to do something.

 

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Drew was held hitless in the weekend series against the Houston Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Since coming back from the paternity leave, he has gone 0-for-8 with one run. With the lack-luster performance that the Yankees have gotten from the second baseman, Yankee fans wonder when Robert Refsnyder will take over the duties.

 

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The Yankees have placed Stephen Drew on the paternity list and will call up Jose Pirela

Fantasy Impact: Stephen Drew will not miss much time but, with Drew's .190 batting average, Pirela could make this a permanent change. The Yankees middle infielders Didi Gregorius and Drew have not been hitting all that well this season, aside from Gregorius' recent hot streak. Look out for Pirela's performance taking over for Drew to see if the Yankees have a new 2B.

 

Stephen Drew with two HR Sunday

Sun, Jun 21st 11:53pm EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Stephen Drew went 2-for-3 with a walk. His two hits were a pair of solo HR. The HR raised his total to 11 on the season. On the downside, the two hits only raised his batting average to .188.

Fantasy Impact: He is who he is. Sunday was an example of his upside. He is a power hitter by the standards of his position but he will come with a low batting average. I would not suggest except in the deep leagues.

 

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Stephen Drew went 2-for-5 with a run scored in the 14-3 victory.

Fantasy Impact: He is who he is. He is a power hitter by the standards of his position but he will come with a low batting average. I would not suggest except in the deep leagues.

 

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Since I last updated him, Stephen Drew continues to be erratic. He had a two game stretch where he got three hits and yet was hit-less in the rest. He has as many walks (three) as hits in this latest span.

Fantasy Impact: He is who he is. He is a power hitter by the standards of his position but he will come with a low batting average. I would not suggest except in the deep leagues.

 

The ups and downs of Stephen Drew

Sat, Jun 13th 12:22am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

This week, Stephen Drew hit TWO HR on Tuesday, but those were the only hits he has had through the game on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: This is in line with what we have been seeing last season and so far this season. He is a low batting average hitter but roughly half of his hits have gone for extra bases.

 

Drew went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in the Yankees 8-7 win over the Angels on Friday night

Fantasy Impact: After a slow start it's been an all or nothing year for Drew who now has seven home runs and 19 RBI on the season to go with a terrible .173 average. So far during the month of June Drew is batting .333 with 2 homers and 4 RBI. He has had long stretches of unproductive at-bats that has cost him playing time and made him less appealing in most fantasy leagues.

 

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After entering the game in the 8th inning for Gregorio Petit, Stephen Drew was 0-for-2 with a walk. Drew also flew out with runners on first and second in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Fantasy Impact: Drew has value with his seven extra base hits, but provides very little value other than that. He has walked nine times in 74 plate appearances, a decent rate, but Drew has as many home runs, four, as singles this season. By this point in the young season, fantasy owners know what they are getting with Drew and he is a decent play at 2B/SS or MI.

 

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Stephen Drew finished 0-for-3 against the Rays, dropping his batting average to .183 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Drew has had a glut of extra base hits this season, but it appears that his focus is on driving the ball and he has abandoned hitting for contact. He has fantasy value with his seven extra base hits, but, as stated previously, owners need to worry about nights like Tuesday against the Rays. He is not stable, but is suitable as a 2B/SS or a MI.

 

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Stephen Drew was 2-for-3 against the Rays with an RBI double and a run scored. He now has a .740 OPS for the season.

Fantasy Impact: The last seven games that Drew has a hit, he has an extra base hit and he also has 10 RBI this season. Drew can still be a very valuable player with a sub-.200 batting average; in fact, only Jose Bautista and Russell Martin have more RBI and a lower batting average than Drew. The Yankees 2B is tied for sixth in RBI for 2B and is tied for second in HR; even with his poor batting average, Drew ranks 12th in OPS for 2B, ahead of top 2B Ian Kinsler and Robinson Cano. Drew is a suitable option for 2B/SS, especially since he has played in 18 of 20 of the Yankees' games.

 

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Another rough day for Stephen Drew

Sun, Apr 26th 11:10pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Stephen Drew started at SS for the Yankees against the Mets, but was without a hit again, finishing 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and three runners left on base. Drew saw his batting average drop to .167.

Fantasy Impact: Stephen Drew owners know what they are buying; he has six extra base hits in his nine hits and has struck out 15 times in 54 at bats. Drew may very well have a batting average in the mid-.200s this season and 50 extra base hits; if he does that, likely finishing with an OPS in the mid-.700s, Drew's owners would be happy with him as a 2B/SS.

 

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Stephen Drew finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and a double on Saturday against the Mets. He narrowly missed his fifth home run of the season in the third inning, settling for his second double.

Fantasy Impact: The fantasy impact is in the extra base hit numbers; Drew has nine hits in 51 at bats this season, but six of those hits are for extra bases. Drew also has seven walks and 12 strikeouts this season, a decent ratio. Drew has a low batting average, but his decent OBP and strong slugging percentage are acceptable for fantasy purposes. Second base is not a slugging position and if Drew can have nearly 50 extra base hits, he can be very valuable as a MI or 2B/SS.

 

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Stephen Drew was 0-for-3 against the Mets with a strikeout, but also had an RBI. His batting average dropped to .167 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Drew's 2015 season is well known to this point; he will not put up good percentages, but will make the most of his hits. His four home runs are tied for the most HR for a 2B with Dustin Pedroia and Devon Travis, while his nine RBI are tied for fifth and .438 slugging percentage is eighth among 2B. Drew will not give you steals or a solid batting average, but appears to be a good, cheap source of power from 2B.

 

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Stephen Drew had his first multi hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-4, and hit his fourth home run of the season. Drew is still only hitting .190, but has five extra base hits this season.

Fantasy Impact: If Drew is going to be unproductive with total hits, at least he is making it count with his extra base hits. A healthy projection would be for Drew to have 40 extra base hits at a minimum, probably closer to 45-50; that is enough for a roster spot, even with a batting average in the low-mid .200s. Drew gives flexibility to play 2B and SS if need be and is in a Yankees lineup that has hit well to open the season.

 

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Stephen Drew hitless again

Mon, Apr 20th 9:57pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Stephen Drew finished 0-for-2 against the Tigers on Monday night, dropping his batting average to .158 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Drew has four extra base hits in his six hits and nine strikeouts against six walks, so his ratios are not too awful, but he is only average thus far. His .688 OPS is not bad for a MI, especially with his extra base hit potential, but he has had too many empty games. He has three games where he has not gotten on base this season and has yet to have a multiple hit game. Drew could serve as a stable veteran at MI or 2B/SS, but he does not have a lot of upside.

 

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Stephen Drew walked in two of his four at bats, helping the Yankees to a 5-3 victory and a sweep of the Rays in Tampa Bay. Drew now has an OBP of .279 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Drew got on base twice in each game of the series, hitting a home run on Saturday night. Four of the six hits for Drew this season are for extra base hits and he has six walks and eight strikeouts this season. Drew is a veteran option at 2B/SS and has elibility at both second base and shortstop; he may not be the most flashy player, but he is a relatively suitable option.

 

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Stephen Drew now has three home runs in five games, as he connected with a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead in a game they would win 5-4. Three of Drew's five hits this season have been home runs, as he finished 1-for-3 on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Drew may not be getting a lot of hits, he is only 5-for-30 this season, but he is making them count at least. He will get plenty of opportunities for the Yankees this season and, even at the bottom of the lineup, Drew's stat line is enhanced by playing in New York. The Yankees have a major league leading 17 home runs this season, showing that the poor 2014 was an abberation. Drew should be seen as a veteran option at MI with a low ceiling and high floor.

 

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Stephen Drew was 0-for-4 against the Orioles on Wednesday night and is now hitting .148 this season. He struck twice against Baltimore and left two runners on base.

Fantasy Impact: Drew's early week power surge, home runs on Sunday and Monday, seems to be a misnomer of his skills. He may still finish with 40-45 extra base hits this season, but he will be very up and down throughout the season. Drew has posted 50 or more extra base hits four times in his career and he could have streamable value.

 

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Stephen Drew finished 0-for-2 against Baltimore and walked once.

Fantasy Impact: Drew only has a .174 batting average through eight games, but did have home runs in back to back games on Sunday and Monday. Drew has batted near the bottom of the Yankees lineup thus far, removing himself from the benefits of what has been a top-ten offense in the young season.

 

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Stephen Drew had one at bat against the Orioles, but made all of the difference in the game. He hit a pitch hit grand slam in the seventh inning to lead the Yankees past the Orioles 6-5. This is the second straight game that Drew has hit a home run.

Fantasy Impact: Although he only has a .190 batting average, Stephen Drew is on the fringe of fantasy relevance. The Yankees are looking to sure up their middle infield and Drew's veteran presence will keep him on the field. He is a good option for 2B in AL-only leagues and MI in deep mixed leagues.

 

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Stephen Drew was benched in favor of Gregorio Petit to start the game, but was 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the Yankees' 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Drew is 1-for-9 to open the season.

Fantasy Impact: Drew potentially has value as a MI or 2B/SS, but this has not been a positive start to the season for the veteran. Drew entered the game in the bottom of the sixth with JR Murphy on second and Chris Young on third with two outs in a 5-3 game and struck out. Drew had an opportunity to capitalize on an opportunity and failed; he will have other opportunities in an improved Yankees lineup, but needs to deliever.

 

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Batting eighth for the second consecutive game, Stephen Drew notched his first hit of the 2015 regular season, finishing 1-for-4 with a single in a 4-3 Yankees win over the Blue Jays. He also left four runners on base and had an error.

Fantasy Impact: Drew has potential as a 2B/SS or MI this season, but he does not have tremendous upside. He will have some good games, some bad games, and should finish the season with 40-45 extra base hits and an OPS in the mid to upper .700s. Those are respectable numbers, especially as a middle infielder, but temper expectations for the Yankees second baseman.

 

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Stephen Drew was 0-for-3 against the Blue Jays on Opening Day.

Fantasy Impact: Drew batted eighth for the Yankees and left two runners on base. He still has fantasy value this season, with 40-45 extra base hit potential, but Opening Day was not his day. Look for Drew to hit at the bottom of the Yankees lineup for a majority of the season.

 

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Stephen Drew will be the starting 2B on Opening Day for the Yankees, hitting eighth in the lineup. (Source: New York Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Didi Gregorius behind him in the lineup and Alex Rodriguez and Chase Headley in front of him, Stephen Drew has an opportunity to open the season with a good start. He has 40-50 extra base hit potential this season and could be a sleeper at 2B/SS or MI.

 

Stephen Drew finished 1-for-2 with a two-run home run against the Nationals. Drew is hitting .259 this spring with three home runs and nine RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Drew could be a cheap source of extra base hits from your MI position after a weak 2014 season. He had a woeful 2014 season after he missed the beginning of the season with a contract dispute; Drew averaged 62 extra base hits per 162 games from 2009-2013. Drew also had 50 extra base hits with the Red Sox in their World Series winning 2013; he may not be a must-add player, but could be a valuable option at 2B/SS this season. Drew has six extra base hits this spring and could easily top 45 extra base hits this season for the Yankees.

 

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Stephen Drew was 2-for-3 with two singles against the Pirates. Drew is now hitting .260 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Drew limped to a weak 2014 season after he had a contract battle with the Red Sox, finishing the season with a .491 OPS. Although this was the worst season of his career, Drew did have 50 extra base hits in 2013 and averaged 62 extra base hits per 162 games from 2009-2013. Drew may not that much of an offensive threat, and does only average 110 games played since 2009, but if he is able to reach 40 extra base hits, he could be worthwhile for fantasy purposes.

 

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Stephen Drew was 2-for-3 this afternoon, in a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Drew is now batting a spring high .260 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Stephen Drew has been red hot his last 7 games. He has 8 hits over his last 19 at bats and has now gotten his average up to it's highest point during spring training. If he shows signs of being a descent hitter during the regular season, he may be a free agent option to keep an eye on. For now, he isn't someone you want on your roster.

 

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Stephen Drew continued his hitting streak against the Houston Astros this afternoon, going 1-for-4 with a run scored. He is now hitting .244 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: After hitting just .167 a few days ago, Stephen Drew now has a three game hitting streak going. He has 5 hits in his last 9 at bats. This is his first full spring training in a long time, so perhaps the extra work is benefitting the veteran second baseman.

 

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Stephen Drew was 3-for-3 this afternoon, with two runs batted in and a run scored, in a rain shortened win against the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Drew came into the game batting just .167 (6 for 36), so this is a good sign for Yankee fans. He now has six runs batted in during spring training (2nd most on the team). With Joe Girardi naming him the starting 2B, despite his struggles at the plate, in all likelihood, Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela, who were both battling Drew at 2B, will start the season off in the minors. At best, Drew should be considered a low end 2B in AL only leagues.

 

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Stephen Drew goes yard

Wed, Mar 18th 10:05pm EDT
By AJ Stone

Stephen Drew was 1-for-3 with a HR and two RBI's, tonight against the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Drew collected his first HR of the spring tonight, coming off his first RBI of the spring just one game ago. While he is a low end 2B at best, if he holds onto the position, it could prevent prospects Jose Pirela and/or Rob Refsnyder, from coming up.

 

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Stephen Drew was 1-for-2 with an RBI single, his first of the spring.

Fantasy Impact: Despite being named the Yankees starting second baseman by Manager Joe Girardi, Drew must show he is not a complete liability at the plate. Otherwise Jose Pirela or Rob Refsnyder, who have shown promise this spring, could get an opportunity.

 

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Stephen Drew went 1-3 this afternoon, in a split squad win against the Detroit Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Stephen Drew collected just his second hit of spring training, raising his AVG to .125. Drew will most likely not be drafted in any upcoming fantasy leagues, but if he continues to struggle at the plate, either Jose Pirela, or Rob Refsnyder, could be called up from the minors and be a possible FA mid-season pickup. Both Pirela and Refsnyder have been impressive at the plate thus far this spring.

 

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Stephen Drew went 0-2 with a walk, in a win against the Atlanta Braves tonight.

Fantasy Impact: Stephen Drew was named the starting 2B by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, however he is batting just .077 this spring. Drew is not considered a player of value for fantasy. If he continues to struggle at the plate to start the regular season, keep an eye out on young prospects Rob Refsnyder (batting .417) and Jose Pirela (batting .533), who could be mid-season call ups and free agent pickups.

 

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Stephen Drew falling off pace

Tue, Mar 10th 3:49pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Stephen Drew is hitting .091 this spring after an 0-4 day. With Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela excelling, Drew needs to string together solid performances to maintain his 2B role.

Fantasy Impact: Drew struggled in 2014, but had 50 extra hits in 2013. Manager Joe Girardi named Stephen Drew the Yankees 2B to open the season, but the play of Pirela and Refsnyder makes that role very tenuous. Drew has the opportunity for a full Spring Training this season and needs to show more to maintain his position.

 

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Stephen Drew was 0-2 with a walk. Performances like this will not hold off rookie 2B for the starting 2B job.

Fantasy Impact: Drew struggled to a .536 OPS in 2014, but has a career .747 OPS and had 50 extra base hits in 2013. Drew is a much better defender than Refsnyder and Drew should be better prepared for 2015 than 2014. A contract dispute led to Drew not starting with the Red Sox until June and he will have a full spring training leading into 2015. He could be a good 2B option in AL-only leagues or a MI in mixed leagues.

 

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Stephen Drew has a mixed game

Fri, Mar 6th 8:29pm EST
By Chris Zolli

Stephen Drew was 1-3 with a walk, but also left five runners on base

Fantasy Impact: Drew is the more veteran and stable defensive option for the Yankees, but Rob Refsnyder has displayed his offensive talents thus far in Spring. The Yankees have prepared to be more of a defensive team in 2015, so that bodes well for Drew, but he needs to prove more of an offensive threat to hold off Refsnyder.

 

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Stephen Drew is in a battle for the starting second baseman job, but started with a listless 0-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Drew was woeful in 2014, only posting a .536 OPS between the Yankees and Red Sox, but many are optimistic that his poor season was a result of a late start to the season. Contract disputes led to his season not starting until June 2nd and Drew never really got going. There is hope for the veteran, as he had an OPS of .777 in 2013 and twice has had an OPS over .800 in a season. He will battle Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder for the starting job at second and is the presumed starter, if for no other reason that his stellar defensive play. He did have an error in the game as well, so Drew needs to show better form to solidify the Yankees at second. He is not worth a roster spot as is, but could be worth while as a streaming option.

 

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According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees have a deal in place with Stephen Drew for one year and $5 million and incentives will bring it up to $6 or $7 million. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Earlier today there was speculation that Drew would resign with New York and tonight's action verifies the speculation. Drew struggled in 46 games with the Yankees after a trade deadline deal brought him to New York from the Red Sox, but he has a career .747 OPS and four times has had an OPS+ over 100. If Drew can contribute 45 extra base hits, something he has done in four of his nine MLB seasons, he can be a valuable option in 2B/SS or IF roles.

 

Although Jon Heyman says that the Yankees like Robert Refsynder and Jose Pirela in their second base battle right now, they are still monitoring Stephen Drew. They will wait for his price per year to drop below $7 million before negotiating. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Drew was acquired by the Yankees from the Red Sox at the trade deadline last year and was dismal for the Yankees, hitting only .150 in 46 games with only 11 extra base hits. Drew held out for a multi-year contract last winter after posting a .777 OPS with the Red Sox in 2013 with Gold Glove caliber defense. He signed a one year deal with the Red Sox and lost all fantasy value, as he struggled to a .162/.237/.299 slash in 2014. Drew has a career .742 OPS, which would make him a decent option as a 2B/SS or to stream if there were an injury, but his inconsistent performance and reluctance to sign a short-term contract make him unworthy of a fantasy roster spot.