Down at Class A Visalia in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system, there is a third baseman that could supplant Martin Prado in a couple of years. Brandon Drury who came over from the Atlanta Braves along with Prado in the Justin Upton deal, has been swinging a hot bat for the Rawhide. He leads the team in RBI’s with 30 and tied for the lead in home runs with eight.
Drury was taken in the 13th round of the 2010 Draft by the Braves out of Eagle Pass High School in Eagle Pass, OR. While he had a solid 2011 in at Rookie League Danville, the righty-swinging Drury enjoyed a breakout season last year at Class A South Bend. He hit 15 home runs with 85 RBI’s and a slash line of .302/.362/.500 and led the Midwest League in doubles with 51. He was rewarded by being named a Midwest League All Star. It enabled Drury to be named the D’backs’ #7 ranked prospect according to mlb.com heading into the 2014 season. In addition to his power numbers, the 21-year old’s line is a solid .285/.347/.530. Scouts once believed that Drury’s defense would be a hindrance. His play at the hot corner has quieted those concerns although it is obvious that it his stick is what will get him to the Majors.
Mlb.com believes that Drury will be in the Show by 2016. By then, Prado’s contract will have expired and Arizona will have a decision to make. Expect to hear a lot more about the Oregon native between now and then.