Yankees fans: Let’s not push Brandon Drury out the door just yet

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 6: Brandon Drury #29 of the New York Yankees at bat against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium on April 6, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 6: Brandon Drury #29 of the New York Yankees at bat against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium on April 6, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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I understand losing creates panic and the need for change. But winning? Miguel Andujar has been fantastic for the Yankees since replacing the injured Brandon Drury. However, that’s no reason to merely trade Drury away.

I’d love for some Yankees fans to be a bit less fickle. Bradon Drury was the talk of the town when the club acquired him from Arizona Diamondbacks during Spring Training. Considering what we now know about his blurred vision which led to horrific migraines, Drury performed well in pinstripes prior to hitting the DL.

The scouting reports have stated that Miguel Andujar’s bat has been big-league ready since early 2017. He showed that much during the first few weeks of camp in March.

However, what he’s proven on both sides of the ball over his first 20 games of the actual season is a revelation — and should the 23-year-old keep up his current pace (.300/.313/.588 with 12 doubles, three home run and 12 RBI), we’ll looking at another AL Rookie of the Year contender.

But tomorrow is May 1 (Happy Birthday, Dad) and Drury, who is at the tail-end of his minor league rehab assignment has been tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A Scranton (.462/.533/.615 with two doubles and one RBI in 13 at-bats).

So how is it that “well-informed” fans can legitimately clamor for the Yankees to already ship Drury out of town?

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First of all, veteran hitters, let alone rookies eventually hit a wall and need a refresh. Second, no one is saying Drury should or will reclaim his starting spot at third base.

The Yankees would be foolish to rip it away from Andujar while he’s producing. And finally, what’s the problem with having the 25-year-old Drury, who is making a little over $600K this season, be the Yanks’ super utility guy?

I’m sure Ronald Torreyes supporters will take exception, but the fact of the matter is that Drury has legit, come off the bench type power that Torreyes doesn’t. The two actually have very different skill-sets, but for those that inevitably feel it’s one or the other, here you go:

Drury plays other positions than Toe doesn’t (first base and both corner outfield spots — Toe’s ability to man shortstop does carry some weight).

With most people waiting for Tyler Austin to come back down to Earth in terms of productivity (I’m excluded from that group), Neil Walker’s pending DFA and the enigma known as Greg Bird, Drury’s first base ability could become a real asset.

Hopefully, the Yankees will keep both Torreyes and Drury on the 25-man roster.

No one can genuinely forecast what’s going to happen between now and the July 31 non-waver trade deadline. But I’d feel a whole lot more comfortable having Drury’s tools waiting in the wings, rather than trading him just because Andujar and Gleyber Torres are the future.

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Too much can transpire during a 162-game schedule. So unless the Giants asked for Drury as part of a package for the likes of Madison Bumgarner, or the Diamondbacks pleaded for Drury’s return in a deal for Patrick Corbin, let’s pump the brakes on the talk of Brandon Drury being expendable.

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