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Stephen Drew
Name: Stephen Oris Drew
Born: Mar 16, 1983 in Hahira, GA
High School: Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga.
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (15th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004 (signed for $4,000,000)
Older brothers J.D. and Tim, both currently in the Braves organization, were first-round picks in the 1997 draft. Atlanta doesn't draft until 71st overall, so the Georgia natives won't all be playing for the home team, because Stephen ranks as the best position player available. J.D. was the top player available in '97, and Stephen offers some similarities in tools, though scouts agree he's more like Todd Walker, though more athletic and better defensively. Stephen is a five-tool player, average across the board but with above-average speed and well-above-average hitting ability. He has fast hands and good plate discipline, and when he's locked in can dominate a game, a series, a week or a month. As a freshman, he missed 25 games with a broken foot and then carried Florida State to a 26-game winning streak. He was hurt again in 2003, tweaking his hamstring in a super-regional against Texas. The injuries have had two effects: Drew has never played extended time with wood bats, and he's taken on some of the makeup questions that dog his brother. Some question whether he has the first-step quickness to play shortstop in pro ball. Stephen hasn't shown much leadership in college, and scouts agree he doesn't play his best all the time--only when he wants to.
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