#Shortstops: Report cards for stars
Soon, a new contingent amateurs will embark on a similar professional baseball quest.
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“This guy knows how to look out there, flashes the actions with tools.”
In 2004, A’s scout Jim Pransky wrote of Stephen Drew’s strengths: “Very good hitting approach with solid all-around game … Calm, easy swing. Patient approach. Hit most balls to right center … Made all the plays defensively. Good feet. Gliding, athletic actions. Very good overall instincts. Showed a quick release when needed. Stylish. Looks like he doesn’t say much, just plays.
“Pretty solid all-around game. Has all the tools. Not a physical marvel, but a baseball player. Shows tools and ability to play shortstop, bat will allow him to play anywhere. Potential ML All-Star. Really like bat/approach.”
In 2006, J.D. Drew told the Los Angeles Times what was one of the keys to the brother’s baseball success.
"We didn't have cable until I was 18, and we rarely watched any TV," J.D. said. "We played sports and spent our time outdoors.
“Every day after school when we got done with the school work, we’d go play,” he added. “That was instilled in us and got us to where we are today.”
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum