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.
Smacks three-run double
SSNew York Yankees
September 28, 2019
Gregorius went 1-for-4 with a three-RBI double in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Rangers.
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Gregorius saved his best for last, as the Yankees' biggest hit of the night came from the shortstop's bat in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, it was far too late to change the outcome of the game. Gregorius has struggled with 16 homers, 61 RBI and 47 runs scored while slashing .240/.279/.445 in 81 games this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
22
8
14
12
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
6
6
4
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .714 408 56 14 53 5 .258 .305 .410
Since 2017vs Right .818 1074 153 54 181 10 .272 .318 .500
2019vs Left .732 94 13 6 20 1 .216 .266 .466
2019vs Right .712 250 34 10 41 1 .246 .280 .432
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
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+47%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .772 740 104 37 122 7 .258 .307 .465
Since 2017Away .807 742 105 31 112 8 .278 .323 .485
2019Home .570 155 19 6 24 1 .196 .226 .345
2019Away .840 189 28 10 37 1 .273 .317 .523
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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Stat Review
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 2019 data (min 400 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
4.9%
 
K Rate
15.4%
 
BABIP
.237
 
ISO
.204
 
AVG
.238
 
OBP
.276
 
SLG
.441
 
OPS
.718
 
wOBA
.310
 
Exit Velocity
88.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.4%
 
Barrels/PA
4.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Resting Friday
SSNew York Yankees
September 27, 2019
Gregorius is not starting Friday against the Rangers.
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Absent from Sunday's lineup
SSNew York Yankees
September 22, 2019
Gregorius is not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
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Rest day Saturday
SSNew York Yankees
September 14, 2019
Gregorius is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
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Knocks home two
SSNew York Yankees
September 12, 2019
Gregorius went 1-for-4 with a triple, two RBI, a walk and a run scored in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against Detroit.
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Blasts two homers
SSNew York Yankees
September 10, 2019
Gregorius went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs Tuesday against the Tigers.
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