Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew did not have a great year at the plate in 2011. He was only hitting .252 and did not provide the power that he typically has done on the past. His defense, though, was superb. When he went down for the season with a broken ankle, the team surprisingly took off as Willie Bloomquist provided a little more at the plate. No one, though, thought that without Drew's glove in the middle of the infield the team would be able to win the division.
He is not quite sure if he will be ready on Opening Day, as not only is he recovering from the ankle injury, but he also had surgery for a sports hernia in the offseason. However, while some might believe that with the team's late success, that the team is better without him, don't believe that for a minute.
There is reason to be optimistic if Drew is healthy.
Drew, since coming into the league, has been fairly consistent in the fact that he alternates good offensive years with a year of struggling at the plate.
Here is his career stat line:
You will notice the OPS. Every year he has one less than .750, the next season is followed with an increase of at least 60 points and an overall OPS of .810.
He contrasts are not a stark as former pitcher Bret Saberhagen's were back in the 80s, but Diamondbacks fans should be able to expect, based on his history, greater offensive output from Drew in 2011.
His glove is always going to be top notch. If you add a batting threat to that, the Arizona lineup will look pretty good.
Drew is one of the team's players to watch. Just wait and see.
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