D-backs' Hale says Drury has been 'really impressive'

D-backs' Hale says Drury has been 'really impressive'

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It's hard to have a better Spring Training, both offensively and defensively, than the one Brandon Drury is having.

Drury, the D-backs' No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com, hit .299 with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs in 136 Minor League games last season, and he opened his spring by hitting .467 over his first nine Cactus League games.

"I feel good," Drury said. "I'm looking for my pitch to hit. I'm getting it right now, so I'm just trying to not do too much, and take advantage of the pitches I'm getting."

In the same way Drury has been successful at the plate, he's been impressive in the field.

Drury is a third baseman and has spent the bulk of his career at the hot corner, but the D-backs have been working him in at second base this spring.

The 22-year old has played just 12 of his 428 career Minor League games at second base, but he has handled the transition well.

"Drury's done a good job," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He's learning how to play second on the job, and he's a great athlete. One thing I noticed about him in the [Arizona] Fall League, and then early in camp, is he has good feet. When you have good feet, you can play anywhere in the infield. He hasn't shown any nervousness or anything like that. It's been really impressive."

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.