SEATTLE -- It's not easy coming from a team you've been with for six years and fitting in with a new group of guys late in the season, but Oakland's new shortstop, Stephen Drew, is jelling quite nicely. After spending his whole career with Arizona, Drew arrived in Oakland via trade on Aug. 20. Once Jemile Weeks was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento one day later, Drew was thrown right into the fire as the A's starting shortstop. He struggled in August, hitting just .205, but recently the Georgia native has found a groove. Drew, the younger brother of former big leaguer J.D. Drew, is batting .333 this month and has started 16 of the A's 17 games since his arrival.
Last month, the 29-year-old was hitting the ball hard and still drawing walks, but just ran into some tough luck. That's been changing recently. "A month before, I just didn't have anything to show for it," Drew said prior to Sunday's tilt against Seattle. "I was hitting the ball well, but that's just the way baseball is. That's why you play six months to see what happens. I feel good at the plate and everything is feeling good right now." Manager Bob Melvin has been impressed with Drew and understands that it takes time for a player to get comfortable in a new environment. "He's feeling more and more like a part of this team," Melvin said. "Especially for someone who's been with one organization his entire career at Arizona, it's a little bit of a transition. But he's been really consistent for us, especially as of late."