Drew Stubbs

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Drew Stubbs was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2006 amateur draft after being a two-time All-American at the University of Texas. The scout was Brian Wilson. He made his pro debut that year with the Billings Mustangs, hitting .252 with 6 home runs and 19 stolen bases. He reached the major leagues for the first time with the Reds in August of 2009.

Stubbs is one of the fastest players in the game, and to take advantage of his speed, the Reds batted him Leadoff at the start of the 2011 season. However, he was unable to maintain a high enough on-base percentage to make the move profitable, hitting only .243 on the year, with an OBP of .321. What jumped out most however were his 205 strikeouts, a club record that made him only the second player after Mark Reynolds (who had done it thrice) to strike out over 200 times in a season. He did hit 15 home runs, but drove in only 44 runs as a result of his different role. He did steal 40 bases and score 92 runs, but his OPS+ was only 86, well below average. In 2012, manager Dusty Baker moved him to a lower spot in the batting order. He hit .213 in 136 games, with 14 homers, 40 RBI and 75 runs scored, stealing 30 bases as the Reds won a division title. He went 4 for 19 (.211) with a double and a triple in the Reds' loss to the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. On December 11th, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with SS Didi Gregorius in return for OF Shin-Soo Choo and IF Jason Donald.

Stubbs played 146 games for Cleveland in 2013, 105 in right field and 43 in center field. While his defense was excellent, his hitting left something to be desired, as his batting line was .233/.305/.360, representing an OPS+ of 90. This was well above his terrible performance the previous year, but still quite disappointing for a corner outfielder. he hit only 10 homers and collected 45 RBIs, batting largely out of the 9th spot in the line-up. His best statistic was stolen bases, as he was successful in 17 of 19 attempts. When the Indians played their most important game of the year, the Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 2nd, he was on the bench with Ryan Raburn playing right and Michael Bourn in center. No longer considered a part of the Indians' future, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies on December 18th in return for reliever Josh Outman. The Rockies were betting that his defensive skills and latent power were a good fit for Coors Field.

Stubbs got a lot of playing time with Colorado in 2014, playing 132 games as the team's principal center fielder. He hit .289 with 22 doubles and 15 homers and posted the best OPS+ of his career at 114. However, he fell back significantly in 2015, as he had trouble seeing action in a very talented outfield in Colorado and hit only .216 in 51 games. He was released on August 20]]th, but less than a week later signed with the Texas Rangers. He played 27 games down the stretch, mainly as a defensive replacement, as he went only 2 for 21 at the plate. He was kept on the postseason roster however, and got into four games in the ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays, striking out in his only at-bat. He went to spring training with the Rangers in 2016 but did not make the team, getting cut at the end of March, but he once again landed on his feet, as he was immediately picked up by the Atlanta Braves who released veteran OF Michael Bourn, Stubbs' former teammate in Cleveland, to give the job as the team's back-up centerfielder on the Opening Day roster.

His brother Clint Stubbs was drafted in 2006 but did not sign then was undrafted out of college.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2010)

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