Didi Gregorius
Didi Gregorius
28-Year-Old ShortstopSS
New York Yankees
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $8.25 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Undergoes Tommy John procedure
SSNew York Yankees
October 17, 2018
Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. He is expected to be back in action before the 2019 All-Star break, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
According to the club, his procedure went "as expected," so hope remains that Gregorius will be able to return to action around the midway point of next season. In 134 regular-season games this year, Gregorius slashed .268/.335/.494 with 27 home runs, 86 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .751 475 56 12 57 5 .289 .331 .420
Since 2016vs Right .805 1260 174 60 186 15 .272 .314 .491
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
2016vs Left .834 161 13 4 24 1 .324 .361 .473
2016vs Right .721 436 55 16 46 6 .258 .283 .437
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Since 2016Home .814 875 118 42 134 9 .275 .322 .492
Since 2016Away .767 860 112 30 109 11 .278 .315 .452
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
2016Home .788 290 33 11 36 3 .276 .310 .478
2016Away .716 307 35 9 34 4 .276 .298 .417
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Requires Tommy John surgery
SSNew York Yankees
October 12, 2018
Gregorius suffered a right elbow injury during the ALDS against the Red Sox and an MRI on Thursday revealed that he will require Tommy John surgery. Manager Aaron Boone said he anticipates Gregorius returning "at some point during [next] season," though he added it's "realistic" that the shortstop will be available for the "bulk" of the 2019 campaign, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
SSNew York Yankees
September 30, 2018
Gregorius is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to lineup
SSNew York Yankees
September 28, 2018
Gregorius (wrist) is back in the lineup Friday against Boston, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Hits on field Thursday
SSNew York Yankees
September 27, 2018
Gregorius (wrist) took batting practice on the field and ran the bases prior to Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
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Cleared to resume baseball activities
SSNew York Yankees
September 26, 2018
Gregorius (wrist) was cleared to resume baseball activities Wednesday, Michael Kay of ESPN NY reports.
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