Through the first five games of this young season, Stephen Drew was on pace to have a third-straight subpar year. Though he still might have such a year, he has proven, in the last two games at least, that he is capable of much better. After his surprising solo home run against the Red Sox on Sunday night, he hit an even more surprising home run--a grand slam--against the Orioles last night.
Drew's performance in these last two games will go a long way in silencing his critics for a while, critics who want him released to make room for highly-touted prospect Rob Refsnyder. They are ignoring the fact that, while Refsnyder is ready offensively, he is far from ready defensively. In five games with triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Refsnyder has already made three errors. These same critics will be the first ones calling for his demotion when (not if) he makes the same errors with the Yankees.
If it hadn't been for his concussion, Jose Pirela would be on the critics' radar as well. If and when he fully recovers, he will be an option for the Yankees. However, once he runs into an out or strikes out a few times, they'll be calling for his demotion as well.
Being demoted, being designated for assignment and being called up are all things that can happen to players to improve the team. However, give Drew the rest of the month to prove himself. Give Pirela more time to get healthy. Give Refsnyder the rest of the season to learn how to play defense.
We're seven games into the season, people. Let's not jump the gun.