JD Drew is a Major League Baseball outfielder who plays for the Boston Red Sox. He is best known for refusing to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies after being drafted by them in 1997. He is a Christian.
Drew was drafted by the Phillies with the second pick of the 1997 Amateur Draft. On the advice of agent Scott Boras, he turned down the Phillies' offer and instead played for the St. Paul Saints of the Independent League in an attempt to circumvent the draft. Boras contended that by playing for the Saints, Drew was no longer an amateur, and thus should be declared a free agent. An arbitratior ultimately ruled against Drew, and the player was forced to re-enter the draft in 1998, where he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Bradford, Rob. "Drew the body good: New Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew goes to extraordinary lengths to keep his body - and mind - healthy"; Lawrence Eagle Tribune, 4 February 2007