Viewed as third baseman, Drury will also see time at second

Hale: D-backs' No. 7 prospect 'looks good' at 2B

Viewed as third baseman, Drury will also see time at second

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs still view prospect Brandon Drury as a third baseman, but have not ruled out a future for him at second base.

Last season, the 22-year-old played mostly third, but did make two appearances at second.

"He's a third baseman that we're looking at the possibility of being one of those impact second basemen in the future," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of the club's No. 7 prospect. "That's a big power guy."

While his future position may be in question, his abilities at the plate are not. Last year for Class A Visalia, he had an on-base plus slugging of .885, then an OPS of .821 in Double-A Mobile after a late-season promotion.

"He looks good," Hale said of Drury at second. "He looks good in all the drills. He's a bigger man, so there's different challenges with that. He's so athletic that he could probably go behind the plate, he could go anywhere and play.

"It's just a matter of is he going to be a Major League quality second baseman? We're going to see that. He's still a third baseman. He'll play some second I'm sure this year wherever he's assigned. He's just so talented and his bat is pretty impressive. It's just a matter of getting at-bats, getting innings to see if he's ready."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.