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14 Stephen Drew 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 3/16/1983 | Birthplace: Hahira, GA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: Florida State | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $9,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 9/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Yankees' Jose Pirela starts for Stephen Drew


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela will start at second base on Saturday, in place of Stephen Drew

Pirela will get his 16th start at second base this season, and his third in the last five games. 

After starting six straight games and 10 of 11, Drew has only been in the lineup at second once in the last five games. 

Pirela will bat ninth in the lineup. 


Yankees reinstate Stephen Drew; recall Gregorio Petit


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) The Yankees reinstated Stephen Drew from the paternity list Thursday, the team announced.

Drew missed the last two games while on the paternity list. Meanwhile, the team also recalled infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A. Petit hit .200 with five RBI in 35 at-bats for the Yankees earlier this season.


Stephen Drew to paternity list among Yankees moves Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Yankees announced Tuesday second baseman Stephen Drew was placed on the paternity list. The team also optioned outfielder Ramon Flores to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

To take their spots on the roster, pitcher Bryan Mitchell and infielder Jose Pirela were recalled from Triple-A.


Yankees 2B Stephen Drew goes yard twice on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Second baseman Stephen Drew was one of the few bright spots for the Yankees on Sunday, as they were topped 12-4 by the Tigers. Drew went 2 for 3 with a pair of solo home runs, giving him 11 on the season.

This was Drew's third multi-homer game this season, but he is still batting just .188 this year. 


Yankees' Girardi taking day-by-day approach with middle infield


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't ready to commit to using a platoon situation at shortstop and second base, according to The Journal News.

With Brendan Ryan off the disabled list, the Yankees could use Ryan at shortstop and Jose Pirela at second base when a left-hander is on the mound, and start Didi Gregorius at shortstop and Stephen Drew at second base against righties.

“We’ll see,” Girardi said prior to Wednesday's game against the Nationals. “We’ll go day by day. That’s kind of how, to me, you have to approach the game. You have to see what’s going on, when guys necessarily need a day off. We’ll just go day by day.”


Yankees 2B Stephen Drew goes yard twice against Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew blasted two home runs in Tuesday night's 6-1 win over the Nationals. 

For someone batting just .175 this year, Drew has turned on some power of late. This is the second time in his past four games played that Drew has notched two home runs in a single performance. 

Drew went 2 for 4 with two RBI in the win. 


Stephen Drew hits two home runs in Yankees' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew hit two home runs in Friday's win over the Angels. 

Drew went 2 for 4, hitting a two-run shot in the second inning, to start the scoring, and a solo shot in the sixth.

The outburst gave him seven home runs and 19 RBI on the year. 

"It's good," Drew said. "All the hard work and stuff is paying off. ... All my preparation and the work I've put in...hopefully that keeps going for me."


With Drew, Pirela struggling, Yankees are targeting A's 2B Zobrist


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) In search of some help at second base, the Yankees are interested in Athletics outfielder Ben Zobrist leading up to next month's trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The organization is surprised that Jose Pirela has not done well since his promotion, and that Stephen Drew's bating average remains extremely low. Pirela is hitting .237 (9 for 38) in his first 15 games this season. Drew is hitting .107 (3 for 28) with a double and an RBI over his last eight games played. He is slashing .165/.232/.305 this season.

Zobrist, 34, is in his first season with the A's, and is hitting .222 (18 for 81) with two homers and 14 RBI in 23 games this season.


Yankees 2B Stephen Drew delivers rewarding hit in win Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew has been struggling offensively all season, but on Tuesday against the Mariners, he delivered a clutch hit, which could be the spark he needs to get on track.

The Yankees were down to their final out in the ninth inning Tuesday, when Drew delivered an RBI double off Mariners closer Fernando Rodney, tying the game at 2. New York went on to win 5-3 in 11 innings.

"Just trying to get a good pitch to hit and not trying to do too much,” Drew said, per The Journal News. “Been in these situations before. Made a good pitch, and I put a good swing on it. Just was an all-around great team win tonight. It was a lot of fun, and the game was going back and forth, and it was fun to be a part of.”

Drew is batting just .168 through 48 games, but he has three hits in his first two games in June.

“He’s had some big hits for us,” manager Joe Girardi said. “But it’s got to be rewarding, because he worked really hard in Oakland to try to get some things right. He got a hit yesterday, got a couple today, swung the bat extremely well. It’s got to be rewarding.”


Yankees' Cashman asks for patience with slumping Stephen Drew


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told YES Network broadcaster Michael Kay on Tuesday that there's no "obsession of any way, shape, or form," with playing Stephen Drew regularly, per NJ.com.

Drew, who is signed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the club, is hitting .160 through 47 games, the lowest average in the American League among all players qualified for the batting title.

"I think it's a reflection of how difficult it is to get your hands on a quality middle infielder," Cashman said.

Cashman will maintain a patient approach with their struggling second baseman at least until the rookie draft later in June.

"It's early in the year," Cashman said. "Most circumstances don't change until after the June draft."


Yankees SS Didi Gregorius given day off on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's clash with the Mariners. Gregorius had started each of the last 12 games for the Yankkes, hitting .244 (10 for 41) with a pair of home runs over that stretch.

Stephen Drew will slide over to handle shortstop while Jose Pirela gets the start at second base. 


Yankees 2B Stephen Drew back in lineup Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) The good news for embattled second baseman Stephen Drew is that he has returned to the lineup for the game Monday night in Seattle. The bad news is that he'll be facing Mariners stud Felix Hernandez.

Drew was benched for the last two games. His latest slide is his current 0-for-17 that has worsened an already-weak slash line to .157/.225/.301.


Yankees' Jose Pirela starts over Stephen Drew again Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is out of the lineup for a second straight day in favor of Jose Pirela, though manager Joe Girardi is not ready to name Pirela the full-time starter at the position, The Journal News reports.

"I told Stephen, continue to work," Girardi said. "He’s trying to work on some things offensively. I’ve always said, whenever you play it’s an opportunity to open someone’s eyes. Pedey, I thought swung the bat pretty good last night. I’m going to run him back out there. Stephen has played a lot and been a little banged up at times. I’ll give him another day and we’ll go from there."

Pirela is 7 for 33 after going 1 for 3 on Saturday. Drew has hit just .157/.225/.301 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 153 at-bats.


Yankees 2B Stephen Drew still starting despite struggles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) What Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is experiencing at the plate this season has gone beyond a slump. One must break out a thesaurus to appropriately capture the extent of his struggles.

But Joe Girardi continues to send him out there despite all the hitless games that are piling up - seven of the last nine to be exact. His latest drought is 2-for-35, leaving his batting average at .158 and on-base percentage at .226.

Girardi is searching for answers - and excuses.

"It just doesn't seem that he gets the rewards that he should when he hits the ball hard," Girardi told the Journal News. "And that's frustrating."

Several factors have entered into his continued presence in the lineup. He is playing strong defense. Possible young replacements Jose Pirela and Robert Refsnyder are not ready. And the Yankees could believe that the one-year, $5 million contract they gave Drew warrants a longer wait before pulling the plug.


Yankees' Stephen Drew slugs fifth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew went 1 for 5 with a three-run home run in his team's 14-1 shellacking of the Royals on Monday.

After the Yankees racked up eight runs on three homers in the first inning, Drew came back with a three-run blast in the second inning to extend the lead to 11-0. It was the infielder's first homer since April 21.

Drew has hit .176/.250/.338 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 136 at-bats.


Girardi 'surprised' that Yankees SS Stephen Drew remains cold


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Joe Girardi is maintaing his patience in hopes that Yankees shortstop Stephen Drew will come around at the plate.

Drew recently managed a five-game hitting streak, but with no multi-hit performances. He is 0-for-8 in his last two games as his slash line on the season has been weakened to .176/.271/.353.

"I watch his at-bats and I just feel that he's about to go off on a hot streak," Girirdi told the Journal News. "He gets a few hits one day, and it just hasn't happened, which I'm surprised. I really am surprised. I thought he had a good spring training. He's had some big hits for us, but it hasn't necessarily carried over into his average for us this year, but I think he's going to hit."


Yankees' Stephen Drew starts at third base on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Stephen Drew is in the starting lineup at third base and batting seventh for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Rays. This will be Drew's first appearance at third base in his career. This comes on the heels of manager Joe Girardi claiming that Drew would be the primary backup option to Chase Headley at the hot corner.

Indeed, Headley is out of the lineup on Wednesday while Drew mans third base. Drew has struggled offensively this year, owning a dismal .184/.281/.367 batting line.

Jose Pirela is starting at second base, while Didi Gregorius is at shortstop


Yankees' Stephen Drew to backup 3B, A-Rod to DH only


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) The Yankees are preparing to use Stephen Drew as their primary backup third baseman instead of Alex Rodriguez, according to the New York Daily News

This could signal the end of Rodriguez playing the hot corner for the Yankees. Sure, he may get an appearance here or there. But it looks like the Yankees are content with keeping Rodriguez as their designated hitter. 

"We're just thinking of keeping him at DH mostly," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez is hitting .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs this season. 


Yankees' Jose Pirela in Friday's lineup against Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela is back in the lineup and will play second base against the Orioles on Friday. 

This will be Pirela's second game of the season as he played Wednesday as well. He took Thursday off with Stephen Drew starting at second. Manager Joe Girardi said Drew will take Friday and Saturday off, according to ESPN New York

Pirela recently came off the disabled list following his recovery from a right hand contusion. 

Against the Orioles, Pirela will bat eighth. 

The rest of the Yankees lineup is unchanged from Thursday. 


Yankees continue to show faith in Stephen Drew


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Even with the addition of Jose Pirela to the roster, Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew's starting job is safe, despite a slow start offensively.

“We’re going to keep running him out there,” manager Joe Girardi said of Drew, per the New York Post. “We look at at-bats. We look really deep into it. It’s not just what his average is. It’s ‘Is he being productive?’ We know he’s [struggled] the last 20 at-bats, but that happens to a lot of hitters. I thought he’s hit the ball much better than the luck he’s had.”

Drew seemed to reward Girardi's faith in a 4-3 win Thursday against the Orioles. He had a double and walk in the victory.

“Earlier on, I had good at-bats and nothing to show for it,” Drew said after getting on base twice. “Hopefully, I’ll start working up the middle again and the numbers take care of themselves.”

General manager Brian Cashman also came to Drew's defense Thursday.

“I thought he had a good spring toward the end of spring training,” Cashman said. “He’s been struggling more recently. He’s playing good defense, with some power and walks. But the hits haven’t been falling for him.”


Yankees' Pirela could eat into playing time of Drew, Gregorius


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, and that could be bad news for Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Pirela has been out since he suffered a concussion during spring training.

And, despite the fact that Pirela has just 24 big-league at-bats on his ledger (all coming at the end of the 2014 season), Heyman believes he could cut into the playing time of Drew and/or Gregorius, each of whom have gotten off to slow starts this year. 

Drew is hitting just .167 on the year and Gregorius has committed four errors at shortstop. 

Meanwhile, Pirela was hitting .579 (11 for 19) at Triple-A this season as part of his rehab. He had a home run and four doubles as well and could see time at both middle-infield positions for the Yankees.


Yankees' Girardi blames bad luck for Stephen Drew slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew is hitting .149 and it 0 for his last 17. 

Despite the prolonged slump, manager Joe Girardi doesn't sound close to making any major changes. 

"He really hasn't had a lot of luck," Girardi said of Drew, per NJ.com.

"He's had some really big hits for us," Girardi said. "I know he's a better hitter than what the average shows. I know that. I know he's started slow but a lot of good players start slow."


Yankees' Cashman on Stephen Drew: He's here to stay


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Despite Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew batting .177 on the season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he does not plan to find a replacement, reports ESPN.com.

"I think Drew's been fine," Cashman said. "Right now, I'm not looking at anyone being an alternative at second base to Drew."

While Drew is only batting .177, he does have four home runs and 10 RBI in 62 at-bats. Cashman said potential replacements Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela have struggled while playing in the minor leagues. 


Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Rays, the team announced. Ellsbury was pulled in Saturday's game with hip tightness and missed Sunday's game with the injury. Ellsbury is hitting .282 with a home run in 71 at-bats. 

Alex Rodriguez will also slide over to third base from designated hitter and move Chase Headley to the bench. Didi Gregorius also returns to the lineup at shortstop with Stephen Drew shifting to second base and Gregorio Petit moving to the bench.

The Yankees are currently the favorites (-140) against Tampa Bay.


Didi Gregorius out of Yankees lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is not in the team's lineup for Sunday night's game. 

Stephen Drew will move over from second to start at shortstop for the fourth time this year. Gregorio Petit plays second, batting ninth.