Boston Red Sox: Is Stephen Drew A Bust?

 

Stephen Drew

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The Boston Red Sox have dealt with a Drew before, and it did not end well. Former Red Sox OF J.D. Drew was decimated by injuries that forced him to retire, along with no teams drawing interest in him. So why would the Red Sox even dare to sign his brother? And is he a bust in Beantown like his brother? 

Stephen Drew began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, being drafted as the 15th pick in the first round of the 2004 draft. Drew was viewed as a player who has a whole lot of potential, and Drew hoped he could live up to it. Drew made his debut in 2006, and he was impressive right away. Playing in only 59 games, Drew posted a .319 batting average, along with 5 home runs and 23 RBIs. With Drew posting these kind of stats, the Diamondbacks hoped that he could become an elite shortstop in the MLB.

Throughout the next few years, Drew was able to perform as an average shortstop. This was not what was expected of Drew, so it was disappointing to the Diamondbacks franchise. His best season as a Diamondback came in 2008, when he managed to post a .291 batting average, along with 21 home runs and 67 RBIs. These type of numbers are what the Diamondbacks hoped to see out of Drew on a consistent basis, but it never panned out.

Drew, throughout his career, has been a very inconsistent player, which is a major flaw if you are expected to become elite. Another major flaw of Drew’s is injuries. He has not been able to finish a full season in four years, which is tough for teams because they then need to find a decent backup to play Drew’s role while Drew is injured. With Boston this season, he has faced injury problems yet again, and when healthy, he hasn’t been able to put up the greatest numbers. With a .233 batting average, along with five home runs and 31 RBIs, he has yet been able to show the Red Sox his true potential. If he does not show that he can perform at a high level soon, he will be too old to produce and will, indeed, be considered a bust.

 

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