Rookie Watch: Stephen Drew

Ok, let’s get this out of the way re the Diamondback shortstop. Yes, he’s J.D. Drew’s brother. Hopefully, a full season will be in his repertoire.

I’m watching the Dodger-Dbacks game tonight. In the 4th inning, Drew got his first career hit, a single. In addition, he stole third base.

Probably more importantly, he’s already made two incredible plays in the field.

Quick Facts about Stephen Drew:

Age: 23

Bats Left, Throws Right

College: Florida State

Drafted First round (15th overall) in 2004.

Currently signed to a 5 year contract with the Dbacks.

Obviously, it’s hard to evaluate someone like Drew based on two games in the MLB. A gander at his combined 2005 minor league stats look very promising. He can certainly hit for average with some homerun pop.

But the big question is his fielding. There are mixed reviews out there but for the most part he seems solid. He definitely looked good tonight.

He has had surgery on his left foot as a freshman in college. I honestly don’t know if that is the kind of thing that can come back to haunt a player or not. Maybe someone else can chime in on that.

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One Response to “Rookie Watch: Stephen Drew”

  1. Only the Cubs could have engineered such a tragedy… I had the misfortune of attending this ‘historic’ game. It was 97 degrees that day, making the Friendly Confines feel hellish even before the first pitch.

    After the Cubs gave Sean Marshall an early lead & knocked El Dukee out of the game, us North Siders thought that maybe we’d finally caught a break…

    But I knew it was over the moment Sean Marshall hit a solo HR. A friend of mine mentioned that Zambrano must be giving Marshall batting tips… More accurately, my girlfriend pointed out that the wind was blowing out – carrying Marshall’s HR ball into the center field bleachers. Rats!!!

    Sean Marsall thrives when the wind is blowing in from the Lake. When the wind is blowing out, Cubs fans better bring the Pepcid AC. Marshall is very talented for a rookie, but he’s obviously prone to making mistakes. Those mistakes were magnified by the best team in the National League.

    Following the first GS, I decided to nurse a beer in the designated smoking section on Waveland Avenue. I got back to my seat just in time for the 2nd GS and corresponding cup recycling effort.

    Enough is enough. Let’s get rid of Nevin, fire Dusty, and start focusing on football.

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