Drew Waters Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 185 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/30/1998 (23)
Drew Waters Season Stats
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The Kansas City Royals recalled outfield prospect Drew Waters from Triple-A Omaha on Monday and optioned outfielder Nate Eaton in a corresponding move. Waters will make his major league debut on Monday and will start in right field and bat ninth against Chicago White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech. The 23-year-old is the Royals' No. 9 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and he was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in July. In 31 games for Omaha, he hit .295/.399/.541 with a .940 OPS, seven home runs, 17 RBI, 29 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. Waters is a switch-hitter with plenty of raw power, but he does have some swing and miss to his game, although he made strides to cut down on his strikeout rate the last two years. He should at least be in the short side of a platoon in the outfield in KC in his first taste of the big leagues.
Atlanta Braves outfield prospect Drew Waters has heated up with 10 hits over his last 35 at-bats for Triple-A Gwinnett. Although he hasn't shown much power in the span, he is hitting a respectable .288 with two home runs and seven RBI in the regular season for Gwinnett. The speedy outfielder is one of the Braves top prospects, but figures to be a better real-life prospect than fantasy prospect due to his lack of power. The 23-year-old offers plenty of speed on the base paths and is a plus defender, but is unlikely to make a significant impact in the fantasy community. Already on the 40-man roster, Waters has a chance to get a taste of the big leagues in 2022, but he is more of a wait-and-see prospect than one that managers will have to rush to the waiver wire to scoop up.
It's been a quiet season so far for Atlanta Braves prospect Drew Waters but he upped his game on Tuesday with a 3-for-5 performance at Triple-A. He also added his first multi-homer game of the year when he cleared the fences twice. The outfield prospect was hitting just .188 on May 14 but he's since gone 5-for-9 to raise his season average to a more respectable mark of .268. Waters is filled with potential but his development has been hindered by an overly aggressive approach at the plate. His recent hot streak has coincided with a much improved BB-K of 3-1. Waters has the talent to be a Top 100 prospect but the 22-year-old isn't quite there yet.
Waters is often mentioned in the same breath as fellow Braves' outfield prospect Cristian Pache. Our view, though, is that the former has a lot more to prove before he's worthy of similar hype. Waters definitely has promise due to his loud tools and athleticism but he has a rudimentary approach at the plate as witnessed by his poor career BB/K rate which hovers around 0.25 and hasn't shown any signs of improving. At a glance, his numbers don't look so bad but he's maintained a respectable batting average and on-base rate due to a career BABIP hovering around the .400 mark. Waters may be able to sustain higher-than-average BABIPs due to his combination of speed and hard-hit balls but not to the degree he's enjoyed to date. The young outfielder has some raw power potential due to his hard-hit-ball profile but he's going to need to increase his launch angle to tap into it. His career-high in home runs currently sits at nine. Like Pache, Waters has been moved aggressively through the Braves system and has consistently been one of the younger hitters in the league, which provides some hope that he'll show additional growth as a hitter as he enjoys some stability in the upper levels of the minor leagues. He's worth monitoring throughout the 2021 season from a redraft perspective but is an unlikely addition on draft day. He deserves some consideration in deep dynasty leagues but we see his ceiling as more of an average everyday player.