2. Brandon Drury
Drury’s postseason got off to a dreadful start. Between the Wild Card and NLDS triumphs over the Mets and Dodgers, Drury managed one hit in 15 at bats without an RBI or run scored. Luckily, his Padres teammates picked up the slack.
A breakout star in 2022, Drury has bounced back nicely in the NLCS.
After sitting Game 1, the veteran utility man was back in Bob Melvin’s lineup for Games 2 and 3 and delivered big time, amassing four hits in eight at bats, including a home run in Game 2 that put some wind back in San Diego’s sails after Philly jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Drury certainly hasn’t made his presence felt for all of October, but it speaks volumes about his resiliency and hitting talent hat he’s bounced back with four hits in two games after riding the bench in Game 1.
Bell and Soto haven’t set the bar very high for the Padres’ big-name trade pickups, but Drury’s timely surge really helped his final grade.