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18 Didi Gregorius SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 2/18/1990 | Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 12/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Yankees' Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorious not in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran and shortstop Didi Gregorius are not in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with lefty starter Kyle Lobstein and the Tigers.

Beltran missed two games due to illness before returning to the lineup Monday. He had been batting third but was slotted fifth in his return Monday. Designated hitter Alex Rodriguez will make his fourth straight start in the No. 3 spot in the lineup Tuesday.

Gregorius has started 11 of the team's 13 games this year at shortstop. Backup infielder Gregorio Petit will play shortstop and bat ninth.

The Yankees are underdogs (+105) in Detroit Tuesday.


Yankees' Gregorius: 'I'm trying to get better every day I go out there'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius isn't hiding from the fact he is off to a slow start, batting .172 (5 for 29) through nine games.

“It’s started slow, I’m not going to lie,” Gregorius said, per The Journal News. “Everybody can see that. But it’s a couple of games in, hopefully I can pick it up and get better when I go out there. … The Yankees gave me the opportunity to be here, and for me it’s just amazing to follow in (Derek Jeter’s) footsteps. I’m trying to get better every day I go out there, making a lot of adjustments and everything and be the best I can be whenever I go out there.”

Manager Joe Girardi is also stressing patience as Gregorius replaces a Yankees legend.

“Let’s not forget that (Gregorius) is 25,” Girardi said. “There’s an adjustment period for a lot of people when they come to New York. It’s not the easiest position to handle either. He’s, in a sense, the captain of an infield and in charge. He has a lot of responsibilities. It’s been a week, too, and that’s why I don’t make too much of it.”


Tigers were shocked Yanks willing to deal Greene to acquire shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Tigers personnel were shocked over the winter when they were able to acquire starting pitcher Shane Greene from the Yankees, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

One source told Heyman it was "painful" for the Yankees to trade Greene, but it appears the team was desperate for a shortstop, which is why they moved Greene in order to get Didi Gregorius in a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks.

Gregorius is off to a rough start with the Yankees, going 5 for 29 (.172) with one error in nine games. Greene is off to a great start with Detroit, going 2-0 and allowing one unearned run in 16 innings.


Yankees to rest SS Didi Gregorius Friday vs. Red Sox


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/9/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to take a scheduled day of rest Friday against the Red Sox, manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com. The Yankees will face a left-handed starter for the second straight night, in Boston's Wade Miley, and it may open the door for Gregorio Petit to start. 

Yankees' Didi Gregorius batting eighth vs. Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius was in the starting lineup and batted eighth Wednesday night against Toronto, per MLB.com. Gregorius was hit on the elbow by a pitch on Opening Day.

Gregorius has been held without a hit in his first two at-bats this season. He never faced knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who started for Toronto on Wednesday.

New York is favored (-125) at home against Toronto, per VegasInsider.com.


Yankees waiting to see how Didi Gregorius feels on Wednesday


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) After Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius was nailed by a pitch on Opening Day, the team will wait to decide his status for Wednesday's game, reports the New York Post.

“Hopefully he is OK, hopefully the day off helps,’’ Girardi said about Tuesday being dark on the Yankees schedule after a sickly 6-1 loss Monday. “He said he was OK. I think you have to wait and see how he feels on Wednesday. Sometimes there can be swelling after the game."

Gregorius told Girardi it was not necessary to take him out of the game after being hit.

“He did not say we needed to take him out, which is a good sign, but you never know in those situations,’’ Girardi said of Gregorius.


Didi Gregorius endures rough opener for Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius didn't make anyone forget Derek Jeter in the 6-1 Opening Day loss to the Blue Jays. 

Gregorius made the last out of the eighth inning on an ill-advised attempt to steal third base. 

"You know, I'm just going to chalk it up as someone trying to do too much, and in a game like this you're looking for a three-run homer there," manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com. "Your run doesn't mean a whole lot. ... It's probably a real good learning experience that it happened in Game One here, and hopefully it never happens again."

"It was a bad mistake by me, I'll admit it," Gregorius said. "I'll admit that it was my mistake, and it won't happen again."

Gregorius also got hit on the elbow by a pitch. He stayed in the game, but it's at least a mild concern. 

"I think you have to wait to see how he feels on Wednesday, because sometimes there can be swelling after the game and you have to deal with it," Girardi said. "He did not say that we needed to take him out, which was a good sign, but you never know in those situations."


A-Rod to likely hit 7th as DH in Yankees' Opening Day lineup


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/4/2015) Manager Joe Girardi hinted strongly on Saturday what the Yankees' Opening Day lineup will be and it will included Alex Rodriguez batting seventh as the designated hitter, reports ESPN New York. 

Girardi said Saturday's final exhibition game lineup "could be" the team's Opening Day lineup, which leads many to believe that will be the case. 

The Yankees lineup on Saturday:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Brett Gardner, LF

3. Carlos Beltran, RF

4. Mark Teixeira, 1B

5. Brian McCann, C

6. Chase Headley, 3B

7. Alex Rodriguez, DH

8. Stephen Drew, 2B

9. Didi Gregorius, SS


Didi Gregorius back in the lineup for Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius returned to the starting lineup at the leadoff spot Thursday afternoon against the Tigers in Grapefruit League play, per MLB.com. Gregorius was sidelined since March 28 with a wrist injury.

He is hitting .300 (12 for 40) with four doubles, three triples and six RBI this spring.


Yankees SS Didi Gregorius (wrist) slated to play Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, who has been sidelined since Saturday with a wrist injury, took part in fielding drills and batting practice on Wednesday. He is expected to play in one of New York's split-squad games against Detroit and Pittsburgh on Thursday, according to the Journal News

Jose Pirela a non-factor if Didi Gregorius needs DL stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius remained out of the lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Rays with a wrist injury.

Gregorius tweaked his wrist on a check swing Saturday and was scheduled for two days of rest. He has been sidelined now for four days, and if he requires a stint on the disabled list to start the season, Jose Pirela would still be a non-factor to earn a roster spot, per the Journal News.

New York will have split-squad games against Detroit and Pittsburgh on Thursday.


Yankees' Teixeira, Gregorius remain sidelined Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was held out of the spring lineup again Tuesday due to a bruised knee. However, manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira feels "decent" and is expected to play Wednesday, per Newsday.

Although, shortstop Didi Gregorius is not as close to returning. Girardi said he still has some swelling in his wrist and there is no timetable for his return.


No vote of confidence from Yankees on Didi Gregorius


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) In his career, Didi Gregorius has hit 34 points lower against left-handed pitchers, but the Yankees were confident he'd be able to hit southpaws well enough to be an every-day player. 

General manager Brian Cashman didn't seem as confident on Monday. Asked by MLB.com's Bryan Hoch if Gregorius had shown enough in camp to play against left-handers, Cashman said, "It’s something we could consider but (Brendan) Ryan’s also here for a reason."

Gregorius is hitting .300 this spring. Brendan Ryan is hitting .200. Over his career, Ryan hits 15 points higher against southpaws than against right-handers. 


Yankees' Didi Gregorius (wrist) feeling better Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said his injured wrist felt much better Sunday and that he expects to be ready for Opening Day, LoHud.com reports.

Gregorius tweaked his wrist on a check swing Saturday and is scheduled to rest Sunday and Monday. He has hit .308/.349/.513 over 39 at-bats this spring.


Didi Gregorius tweaks wrist on a check swing, will rest for two days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will rest Sunday and Monday, after tweaking his wrist on a check swing Saturday against the Orioles, manager Joe Girardi told the YES Network in a TV interview, according to the the Journal News. Nick Noonan replaced Gregorius to start the fifth inning. X-rays came back negative.

Gregorius is hitting .308/.349/.513 over 39 at-bats this spring.


Yankees' Mark Teixeira: Didi Gregorius is 'as good a SS as I've seen'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has big shoes to fill replacing Derek Jeter, but so far he's earned nothing but praise from his New York teammates this spring.

"Didi is unbelievable, as good a shortstop as I've seen," first baseman Mark Teixeira said, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. "And I'm not overexaggerating."

Teixeira was Alex Rodriguez's teammate back 2003 with the Rangers, when Rodriguez was highly touted for his defensive skillset at shortstop. When Rosenthal relayed Teixeira's comments to Rodriguez, he said: "He has a rare combination of speed and explosiveness. But what you don't see is an incredibly strong arm that is so accurate. That combination is lethal," Rodriguez said.

"[Gregorius] has made plays from the hole, from his back foot, throwing the ball 90 mph across the diamond from his back foot," Rodriguez said. "You don't see that. It also makes it a lot easier for your third baseman to play third base."

Still, manager Joe Girardi doesn't plan on changing the way his club uses defensive shifts based on Gregorius' range.

"We'll still shift. We'll still go according to the charts," Girardi said.

Gregorius, 25, was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade this offseason. He hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014. He has a .680 OPS in 724 career plate appearances, including a .490 OPS against left-handed pitching.


Didi Gregorius making impact on Yankees with defense


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has big shoes to fill. While he can't match Derek Jeter's 3000 hits or clubhouse leadership, Gregorius may help upgrade the Yankees' infield defense. 

"He has a chance to be a special defender," third baseman Chase Headley said, per MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince. "He has all the tools -- the athleticism, the instincts, the arm, everything, tools-wise, that you want to see in a shortstop."

Headley said that Gregorius gives him an extra two steps worth of infield that he doesn't have to worry about, as his range will reach balls that otherwise would be Headley's responsibility.

"I don't hear a lot of people talking about it, but I'm sure people are going to realize how good defensively we're going to be," infield coach Joe Espada said. "If we stay healthy, we're going to help this team win some games with our gloves."

"I'm not replacing him," Gregorius said of Jeter's shadow. "It's not like he's here and playing a different position. I just have to play my game."


Yankees making adjustments to Didi Gregorius at plate


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Didi Gregorius is off to a slow start this spring, as Derek Jeter's replacement as Yankees shortstop. Gregorius went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is hitting .083 in 12 at bats in spring training. 

Two of Gregorius' at bats on Tuesday were against lefthanders. He hit .184 against southpaws with the Diamondbacks last year, but the Yankees aren't ready to say he's a platoon player. 

"I want to see him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Obviously, a lot of times you can get pegged early on in your career; I've seen it happen to a lot of players. We have a lot of confidence in Didi, and we want him to get at-bats."

Yankees hitting coach Jeff Pentland has Gregorius standing taller in the box and remaining more closed, which he thinks will help against lefthanders. 


Yankees' Didi Gregorius trying to overcome struggles against lefties


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bit of a weakness. The infielder tends to struggle against left-handed pitchers at the plate. He went 0-for-2 Saturday against two different lefties with one strike out. It's something he's working to overcome this spring, reports MLB.com.

"To be honest, it's the only way you're going to get better," Gregorius said. "You're not getting better if you're not doing work. For me, facing all these lefties means I'll stay in there and get more comfortable against lefties."

Gregorius has a career average of just .184 against left-handed pitchers.

"I want to see him against lefties," Girardi said. "Obviously you'd love to have an everyday shortstop. Sometimes when you start platooning, that relationship that is built in the infield becomes not as tight. You want to have an understanding of what everyone is doing."


Yankees' Cashman to Didi Gregorius: Don't try to be Derek Jeter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't concerned about Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter heading into the 2015 year, reports the New York Daily News.

"I personally can't worry about a shadow of Derek's somehow affecting the next guy," Cashman said. "All you can do is tell the next guy, 'You're not Derek, so don't even waste your time trying to be. Just be the best you can be.’ It’s going to fall short of anything Derek did, because he’s one of the greatest players of all-time."

The 25-year-old hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014 and Cashman likes what's he's seeing.

"He's a developing guy," Cashman said. "He's definitely not a finished product. He's got a big ceiling. We'll see if we can together reach that ceiling."


Yanks' Gregorius on taking over for Jeter: 'You can't replace a legend'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius spoke with MLB Network Radio on Wednesday about the expectations he faces replacing Yankees legend Derek Jeter, who retired following the 2014 season.

"You can't replace a legend, and it's not replacing," Gregorius said, per MLB.com. "He has been playing for a long time at shortstop and he decided to retire. The spot was open, so I'm not thinking about replacing anything. It's just me just coming in there to try to play my game.

"I'm sure they're going to compare me to Derek Jeter, but you know, nobody can play the same. What Jeter did, nobody can do that. So for me, it's just amazing to get the opportunity to play in the pinstripes."


Yankees hitting coach Pentland: Gregorius has 'got a huge future'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) New Yankees hitting coach Jeff Pentland will get to work with a lot of big-name players in his new role, including Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez. 

However, one player Pentland appears really excited to work with is shortstop Didi Gregorius, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Diamondbacks. Gregorius is set to replace legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who retired after 20 seasons in the majors.

"He’s got a huge future and I’m very excited he’s a Yankee," Pentland said of Gregorius, per the New York Daily News. “I’ve always thought there’s a lot in there. We got to get it out and work it. The problem with young players, you have to be more patient.

“But I think this guy has tremendous upside.”

Gregorius, who will turn 25 on Feb. 18, hasn't had a lot of success offensively at the major-league level. He has just a .243 average, .313 on-base percentage, .366 slugging percentage and .680 OPS in 191 career games. He had a .277/.332/.389/.721 slash line in 507 minor-league games.


Yankees' Steinbrenner: 'We're not going to be afraid to spend money'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner indicated Wednesday more offseason moves for New York could be coming, despite general manager Brian Cashman being active this offseason, according to MLB.com. The Yankees have already re-signed third baseman Chase Headley and infielder Stephen Drew, signed reliever Andrew Miller and traded for shortstop Didi Gregorius.

"It's not over until it's over. We still have a full month before spring training," Steinbrenner said. "We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it. We've certainly filled some holes that we had. We'll keep going for the next few weeks."

Steinbrenner said he wants to get New York back to the postseason while trying to keep the the payroll in the same range, but left the door open to perhaps target one of the top free-agent players still available. Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and James Shields are two of the top names still on the free-agent market.

"[But] having said that, we're still the New York Yankees, all you guys know that," Steinbrenner said. "We know what the fans expect. We know what the town expects. We're not going to be afraid to spend money."


Cashman: Yankees don't think Didi Gregorius is a finished product


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) New Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hasn't exactly had a lot of success offensively in his young MLB career, batting .243 with a .313 on-base percentage in 191 games. Despite his struggles, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is confident the 24-year-old shortstop is better than his numbers indicate.

"That's our hope. We don't think he's a finished product," Cashman said, per NJ.com.


Yanks land Didi Gregorius in three-team swap with Tigers, D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers have finalized a three-way deal that will send shortstop to Didi Gregorius New York, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Gregorius, 24, is now poised to succeed recently retired Derek Jeter at shortstop for the Yankees. The 24-year-old hit .226 with five triples, six home runs, nine doubles and 27 RBI in 80 games.

The Tigers will receive pitcher Shane Greene from the Yankees, while the Diamondbacks will land pitcher Robbie Ray and infield prospect Domingo Leyba from the Tigers. Greene, 26, registered a 3.24 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and 81:29 K:BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings of work during his 2014 rookie campaign. Ray, 23, made nine appearances (six starts) in his first season in the majors. He finished 1-4 with a 8.16 ERA, a 1.88 WHIP and 19:11 K:BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings.