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Red Sox 2011 Outfield Preview: J.D. Drew

J.D. Drew Strolling the Outfield (mlblogs.com)

Sports of Boston is continuing its week-long preview of the Red Sox outfield with right fielder J.D. Drew.

J.D. Drew has had his share of ups and downs with the Red Sox. After a rocky 2007, Drew put up two great seasons in 2008 and 2009, hitting .280/.408/.519 and .279/.392/.522 respectively. However, just as Drew was really settling in, he had a down 2010, falling to a .255/.341/.452 line.

As the veteran of the starting three outfielders with youth not on his side, Drew is entering his age 35 season and may not be a candidate for a rebound, especially considering his hamstring may already be ailing him here in early February.

Drew’s Bill James projection for 2011 is just .255/.341/.452. That doesn’t mean all is lost. Drew’s BABIP was just .282 in 2010 and while James’ predictions show an increase to .305, his BABIP was .307 in 2008, a fine year for the right fielder.

The additions of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, combined with full seasons of Dustin Pedroia Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury, even a continued decline by Drew could be offset somewhat.

Overall Drew has been a stalwart for the Red Sox appearing in 140, 109, 137 and 139 games in his first four years with Boston. As Drew enters what may be his final season in a Red Sox uniform, a lot of the pressure facing Drew when he joined the team – number five hitter, RBI machine, 20 home run expectation – have been lifted.

All Drew needs to do is work his on base magic and be a contributor to the team, not its star.


About Mike Carlucci

Mike Carlucci writes about the Red Sox for Sports of Boston and can be found blogging about baseball and technology. He has a J.D and enjoys palindromes and espresso. You can follow him on Twitter @mikecarlucci or on Google+.

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4 comments for “Red Sox 2011 Outfield Preview: J.D. Drew”

  1. James projects everyone to suck. Especially pitchers.

    Posted by Leo | February 10, 2011, 12:08 am
  2. Yeah, they’re pretty pessimistic. But I figured since James works for the Sox, maybe his system has influenced their internal metrics. Probably not, but maybe.

    Posted by Mike Carlucci | February 10, 2011, 6:44 pm
  3. […] Cameron is still around to provide that guidance like only a veteran can. CRAWFORD | ELLSBURY | DREW | CAMERON | BENCH […]

    Posted by Red Sox 2011 Outfield Preview: Jacoby Ellsbury | Sports of Boston | February 17, 2011, 9:30 pm
  4. […] could be a full-time player, albeit with age and injury risks of his own. CRAWFORD | ELLSBURY | DREW | CAMERON | BENCH […]

    Posted by Red Sox 2011 Outfield Preview: Mike Cameron | Sports of Boston | February 17, 2011, 9:32 pm

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