Didi Gregorius
Didi Gregorius
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
New York Yankees
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gregorius' 2019 value took a serious hit when it was announced he needed to have Tommy John surgery in mid-October. The recovery time for that surgery for a position player is not as long as it is for a pitcher, but it's still relatively lengthy. It is safe to assume Gregorius is going to be unavailable until the All-Star break, which is a shame given his offensive production from shortstop. He hit 22 of his 27 homers off righties and 19 of the 27 came at home. Seventeen of the 27 homers came before the break, but his slugging percentage in the second half was 90 points above his first-half mark that was mostly HR/FB driven. When healthy, Gregorius can yank a number of homers over the right-field fence and provide better-than-average offensive production for a middle infielder. His counting numbers from 2015 may be a realistic target for what he can do in an abbreviated 2019 season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $11.75 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Out of Tuesday's lineup
SSNew York Yankees
June 25, 2019
Gregorius is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Over his last 11 games, Gregorius has five two-hit games and six hitless games, so it has been feast or famine of late. Gleyber Torres is starting at shortstop while DJ LeMahieu starts at second and Gio Urshela starts at the hot corner.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .681 328 44 8 34 4 .259 .306 .375
Since 2017vs Right .846 866 123 45 142 9 .282 .330 .516
2019vs Left .071 14 1 0 1 0 .000 .071 .000
2019vs Right .748 42 4 1 2 0 .317 .333 .415
2018vs Left .764 160 23 5 16 3 .278 .333 .431
2018vs Right .854 409 66 22 70 7 .264 .335 .519
2017vs Left .653 154 20 3 17 1 .264 .299 .354
2017vs Right .848 415 53 22 70 2 .295 .325 .523
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .804 619 87 31 98 6 .270 .321 .482
Since 2017Away .798 575 80 22 78 7 .282 .326 .472
2019Home .418 34 2 0 0 0 .182 .206 .212
2019Away .840 22 3 1 3 0 .333 .364 .476
2018Home .944 304 50 19 55 5 .299 .372 .572
2018Away .700 265 39 8 31 5 .233 .292 .408
2017Home .707 281 35 12 43 1 .251 .281 .426
2017Away .882 288 38 13 44 2 .321 .354 .528
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How does Didi Gregorius compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
While 2017 was Gregorius' best statistical season to date, it wasn't a year of substantial skill growth, if there was any real skill growth at all. He walked just 4.4 percent of the time (5.5 percent career walk rate), and his 23.1 percent hard-contact rate was below his 2016 mark -- not to mention it was a bottom-six mark among qualified hitters, according to FanGraphs. To his credit, Gregorius did trim his strikeout rate to a career-low 12.3 percent and he improved a lot on the road, batting .321/.354/.528 away from Yankee Stadium compared to .276/.298/.417 in 2016. However, the improved counting production seems more to do with the new baseball and 164 at-bats in the cleanup spot than anything else. The "expected" numbers from Statcast (.285 xwOBA, .249 xBA, .400 xSLG) suggest Gregorius overachieved, and that he will likely regress to somewhere closer to his 2016 levels this upcoming season.
At just 26 years old, Gregorius continued to progress on offense in 2016 and put up career-best marks nearly across the board. The shortstop entered the year with 22 career home runs, but he turned in 20 long balls to go along with a career-high 70 RBI. The lefty also seemingly figured out how to hit southpaws after being a liability against them in his first few years, as he hit .320 with an .826 OPS against left-handed pitching. He also cut down on his strikeouts (career-low 13.7 percent strikeout rate) while adding a small speed element to his game with seven stolen bases in eight attempts. Shortstop is not the wasteland it once was, and if Gregorius maintains the gains he displayed last season, or even builds on them, he will make for an affordable high-end middle-infield option or low-end option at shortstop in standard leagues.
Gregorius got off a to a shaky start in 2015, hitting just .206 in April while committing numerous fielding, baserunning and mental errors, but he was able to turn things around as the season progressed. The shortstop finished the year hitting a respectable .265, providing plus defense and becoming one of the team's more reliable hitters amid a roster full of late-season slumps and injuries. The lefty also showed improvement against southpaws, slashing .247/.311/.315 after being a liability against lefties in his first two seasons, and he sports a .626 OPS compared to just a .554 mark in his career versus southpaws. He'll turn 26 in February, so there's still plenty of room for his game to continue developing, and the Yankees will gladly take his solid offensive production (for a shortstop) and the defense that he displayed for most of the season.
The Diamondbacks chose Chris Owings over Gregorius as the team's primary shortstop to begin the 2014 season, but Gregorius entered the mix in June after hitting .310/.389/.447 at Triple-A Reno. Defense is still Gregorius' calling card, but his room for growth as a hitter remains debatable. With a 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame, the left-handed hitting Gregorius doesn't fit the physical mold of a light-hitting shortstop, but his production fell across the board last season. For his career, Gregorius has a .243/.313/.366 line, 13 home runs, 57 RBI and 83 runs scored over 724 plate appearances, but he's maintained an acceptable level of plate discipline (17.4% K%, 7.4% BB%). Thus far, he's shown no ability to handle left-handed pitching at the big league level, striking out in 25 percent of his plate appearances and carrying a .184/.257/.233 line against southpaws. Acquired by the Yankees via trade in December, Gregorius will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx in 2015.
Many scouts said Gregorius was a weak bat, and early on, that didn't appear to be the case (he went deep in his first at-bat as a Diamondback against the Yankees). His hot April and May eventually cooled and he became the hitter most expected, finishing the season with a .252 average and .332 OBP. While he is a potential trade candidate given the D-Backs' organizational depth in the middle infield, his glove will assure him playing time regardless of where he's playing in 2014. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, it's difficult to project an overwhelming improvement from his 2013 numbers at the plate.
The line on Gregorius remains the same - he has a fantastic glove that the scouts love, but it's up for debate whether his bat will be good enough to carry in a major league starting lineup. The game has evolved to emphasize defense more, so there's a chance yet that Gregorius could make it, but many were surprised when the D-Backs were willing to deal Trevor Bauer away in December to acquire him. It's believed that he will get more time at Triple-A to continue the development of his bat, but the trade should significantly accelerate his timetable to the big leagues. Despite his range in the field, Gregorius is not proficient on the basepaths, having stolen just three bases against nine attempts in the minors last year.
Gregorius hasn't done a whole lot at the plate in his professional career. His .790 OPS at High-A last year was at an extreme offensive environment in Bakersfield. Otherwise, his career OPS has hovered around .700. He just turned 22 in February, so there's time for his bat to catch up to his glove, which is superb. He's about a year-and-a-half away from getting tested at the major league level. He's there as glove-first insurance in case Zack Cozart can't cut it at the position.
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Situated on bench Wednesday
SSNew York Yankees
June 19, 2019
Gregorius is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Resting Sunday
SSNew York Yankees
June 16, 2019
Gregorius is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
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Sits for nightcap
SSNew York Yankees
June 11, 2019
Gregorius is not in the lineup for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Sitting Sunday
SSNew York Yankees
June 9, 2019
Gregorius is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
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Hits first homer
SSNew York Yankees
June 8, 2019
Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs in an 8-4 loss to the Indians on Saturday.
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