Last September, Arizona Diamondbacks’ utility man Brandon Drury made his major league debut, being called up from Triple-A Reno when big league rosters expanded on the first of September.
In 20 games, Drury hit .214, (12-for-56) with two home runs and eight RBIs and ending his season with an 0-for-16 slump.
Following the season, Drury went back to his hometown, Grants Pass, Oregon before heading to Las Vegas to work out and reinvent his swing with Toronto Blue Jays All-Star Troy Tulowitzki
“I didn’t take much time off at all, Drury said. “I wanted to get in there and get working.”
Tulowitzki and Drury met awhile back at a baseball camp after sharing the same high school coach.
“He’s a guy who works harder than anybody I’ve seen, that’s the main thing,” Drury said. “He plays the game so hard and competes every day.”
When with Tulo, Drury worked on adjusting his mechanics and really simplifying his swing.
“I made a lot of adjustments this offseason with my swing,” Drury said. “I worked out with Tulo’ this offseason and tried to really tighten up my mechanics and work on some stuff to be a better hitter.
“We were kind of both working on the same stuff, keeping the bat path in the zone longer,” Drury said about Tulowitzki. “It’s been huge for me to have a star like him be there for me and help me pretty much whenever I ask or text.”
Drury’s work has made an immediate impact. The 23-year-old’s .277 average ranks third among National League rookies, and his eight home runs is good for fourth.
Drury also has 19 extra-base hits and 89 total bases thus far this season.
Defensively, Drury has been great for the D-Backs, playing a variety of positions including second and third base as well as right and left field. He has 23 starts in right field, nine at third base, nine in left field and three at second base.
“The one thing that’s the most impressive thing for me this season is his ability to move all over the field and still be able to be an offensive guy,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. “It’s just hard to move around and separate the offense and he’s been able to do that.”
Drury has made just one error thus far this season and has tied the club rookie record for home runs with four in each of the first two months of the season.