Didi Gregorius
Didi Gregorius
31-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Philadelphia Phillies
10-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/21/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Gregorius took a one-year "prove it" deal with the Phillies last offseason following a disappointing return from Tommy John surgery the year prior. It looks as though he proved it as his .284/.339/.488 slash line was good for a 116 wRC+, the second-best mark of his eight-year career. He trimmed his K% from 15.4% to a career-low 11.8%, while his BB% improved from 4.9% to 6.3%. He didn't actually hit the ball any harder, with his exit velocity falling to a personal low of 83.8 mph. Naturally, with such weak contact, Statcast pegged him as overachieving in the slugging department, giving him an xSLG of just .396, but he's always overachieved in that category thanks to his uncanny ability to dump balls just over the outfield fence in favorable parks. After re-signing with the Phillies, his stock should return to pre-2019 levels Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#169
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $28 million contract with the Phillies in January of 2021.
Should resume rehab Tuesday
SSPhiladelphia Phillies
Elbow
June 14, 2021
Gregorius (elbow) had his rehab assignment paused last week but is scheduled to resume play Tuesday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gregorius is reportedly feeling better Monday after experiencing some stiffness and soreness, but this issue is something that could linger moving forward, per Matt Gelb of The Athletic. The team has yet to set a firm return date from the injured list for the shortstop.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .710 195 23 11 39 1 .209 .258 .452
Since 2019vs Right .754 508 68 19 84 5 .268 .311 .443
2021vs Left .590 35 2 1 7 0 .200 .257 .333
2021vs Right .644 93 8 3 15 1 .239 .269 .375
2020vs Left .738 66 8 4 12 0 .203 .246 .492
2020vs Right .882 165 26 6 28 3 .320 .382 .500
2019vs Left .732 94 13 6 20 1 .216 .266 .466
2019vs Right .712 250 34 10 41 1 .246 .280 .432
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+62%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+47%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .736 347 45 16 61 4 .252 .295 .441
Since 2019Away .743 358 46 14 62 2 .251 .296 .447
2021Home .787 62 6 3 11 0 .268 .323 .464
2021Away .486 66 4 1 11 1 .194 .212 .274
2020Home .915 130 20 7 26 3 .314 .364 .551
2020Away .730 103 14 3 14 0 .247 .311 .419
2019Home .570 155 19 6 24 1 .196 .226 .345
2019Away .840 189 28 10 37 1 .273 .317 .523
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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
0.19
 
BB Rate
3.9%
 
K Rate
20.3%
 
BABIP
.253
 
ISO
.136
 
AVG
.229
 
OBP
.266
 
SLG
.364
 
OPS
.630
 
wOBA
.272
 
Exit Velocity
78.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
20.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.4%
 
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Yankee Stadium did wonders for Gregorius' career. Of the 97 homers Gregorius hit as a Yankee, 54 came at home, 51 to the pull side. Among batters with at least 95 homers since 2015, Gregorius has the shortest average flyball and home-run distance. Even if he's fully recovered from 2018 Tommy John surgery, Gregorius will miss the short porch in the Bronx after signing with the Phillies in December, though Citizens Bank Park also plays favorably for lefty power. Last season, Gregorius' rehab delayed his debut until early June, and while his slash line was his worst with the Yankees since his first season with the club, the underlying metrics hint at some bad luck as his average exit velocity and barrel rate were better than the prior campaign. Gregorius' strikeout rate rose, but 15.4% is still excellent. Gregorius' numbers will suffer leaving Yankee Stadium, but probably not to the extent some fear.
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.
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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Won't be activated Monday
SSPhiladelphia Phillies
Elbow
June 13, 2021
Manager Joe GIrardi said Sunday that Gregorius has experienced some stiffness and soreness in his injured right elbow during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, so he will remain on the rehab stint for the time being, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Beginning rehab Wednesday
SSPhiladelphia Phillies
Elbow
June 9, 2021
Gregorius (elbow) is starting his rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Nearing rehab assignment
SSPhiladelphia Phillies
Elbow
June 8, 2021
Gregorius (elbow) could begin a rehab assignment by the end of this week, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Takes batting practice
SSPhiladelphia Phillies
Elbow
June 5, 2021
Gregorius (elbow) took batting practice Saturday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Not close to return
SSPhiladelphia Phillies
Elbow
May 24, 2021
Gregorius (elbow) is eligible to return from the injured list Monday but isn't close to doing so, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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