Drew batting for the Diamondbacks in spring training 2008
|Boston Red Sox – No. 7|
March 16, 1983 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|July 15, 2006 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
(through May 5, 2013)
|Runs batted in||358|
Stephen Oris Drew (born March 16, 1983) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the younger brother of former outfielder J. D. Drew and former pitcher Tim Drew.
Baseball career 
Minor Leagues 
Drew started out in High-A with the Lancaster JetHawks in 2006. He did very well with the JetHawks, batting .389 and hitting 10 home runs. He was later promoted to Double-A and play for the Tennessee Smokies, for whom he hit .218 and hit 4 home runs. He was then promoted to Triple-A to play for Tucson.
He was selected for the 2006 All-Star Futures Game.
Arizona Diamondbacks 
On July 13, 2006, during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Craig Counsell injured his ribs, prompting the call-up of Drew from the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders. He made his major league debut on July 15 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Also making his major league debut that day (for the Brewers), was Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of former major leaguer Tony Gwynn. He recorded his first major league hit against the Dodgers and his brother J. D. Drew. He finished the season batting .316, with 5 HR and 23 RBI.
In 2007, although the Diamondbacks would be division champions that year, Drew had a disappointing season, hitting only .238 with 12 home runs but a career-high 9 stolen bases.
On September 1, 2008, he hit for the cycle against the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming the first player to do so at Chase Field. Batting leadoff, Drew singled in the first inning, tripled in the third and homered in the fifth against Cardinal starter Joel Piñeiro. He added a ground-rule double in the seventh against reliever Kyle McClellan. He was the fourth to hit for the cycle in 2008, and on the same day Adrián Beltré of the Seattle Mariners became the fifth. This was the first time that two players had hit for the cycle on the same day since 1920. He finished the season batting .291, with a career-high 21 home runs.
In 2011, Drew missed the first four games of the season due to abdominal pain. On July 20, 2011, he slid into home plate, fractured his right ankle and missed the rest of the season, batting .252 for the year with 5 home runs and 45 RBI. He played in only 86 games that season, fewer than in any season after the 59 games of his rookie year.
He spent early 2012 on the disabled list for the broken ankle until June 27, when he played for the first time in over 11 months, going one for four. He was linked to various teams at the 2012 trade deadline, including the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics. On July 30, manager Kirk Gibson called Drew into his office for a closed-door meeting; speculation that Drew had been traded ensued. In his 40 games he played with the Diamondbacks that season, Drew batted with just a .193 batting average, 2 home runs, and 12 RBI.
Oakland Athletics 
On August 20, 2012, Drew was traded to the Oakland Athletics for minor league shortstop Sean Jamieson. Drew finished 2012 hitting .223 in 79 games with 7 HR and 28 RBI. The A's declined their $10 million option on Drew on October 29, making him a free agent. Drew obtained a $1.35 million buyout.
Boston Red Sox 
Personal life 
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- "Seattle's Adrian Beltre hits for cycle". Associated Press. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02.[dead link]
- "A's still looking at Drew & Yunel; Headley a long shot for them". CBSSports.com. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "Towers working the phones as Deadline nears". dbacks.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "A's acquire Drew from Diamondbacks". Sports Illustrated. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Drellich, Evan (December 17, 2012). "Reports: Red Sox, Drew agree to one-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
- "Drew remembers a special glove". MLB.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "Big Night for Drew Brothers". Los Angeles Times. 2006-07-18. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- No.1 - MLN FAB50 Baseball 2006 Rankings - Minor League News