- Didi Gregorius
- 2007 IFA
- Trade - 12/5/2014
- Signing Date
- Rule 5 Year
- MLB 40-Man
- February 18, 1990
Full name is Mariekson Julius Gregorius…was born in the Netherlands, but has spent most of his life in Curaçao…his first language is Papiamento, but he also speaks English, Spanish and Dutch…according to Baseball-Reference, was one of five players born in Europe to appear in a Major League game in 2016, joining Aaron Altherr (Germany), Edwin Jackson (Germany), Max Kepler (Germany) and Bruce Maxwell (Germany). Has had the nickname, Didi, since he was young…his father and his brother are each also referred to as Didi. Growing up, played basketball, soccer and swam competitively…enjoys snorkeling. Is an accomplished artist…regularly edits video, paints and sketches on road trips. His mother, Sheritsa Stroop, was a national softball player…his father, Johannes Gregorius, Sr., pitched in one of the top Dutch leagues…his older brother, Johannes Gregorius, Jr., is a former pitcher in the Orioles organization. Spent two weeks in January 2017 giving baseball clinics in three different New Zealand cities…the program, arranged in conjunction with Baseball New Zealand, was developed to help increase excitement about baseball and build the sport in a country where rugby, softball and cricket have dominated historically. Was named the Yankees’ “Heart and Hustle Award” nominee for 2016…the award is presented annually by the MLB Players Alumni Association to honor one player from each team who demonstrates a passion for baseball and embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game…was also named the team’s 2016 Hank Aaron Award nominee, recognizing the most outstanding offensive performers in each league. Became a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in Curaçao as a reward for being part of the Netherlands team that won the 2011 International Baseball Federation World Cup in Panama…the Netherlands went 11-1, defeating Cuba in the finals. Made his first trip to the United States in the early 2000s when Andruw Jones (also from Curaçao) invited his baseball team to see the Braves play in Atlanta.
Hit .287 (153-for-534) with 73R, 27 doubles, 25HR and 87RBI in 136 games with the Yankees (132 starts at SS, 1 at DH)…received one eighth-place vote and one 10th-place vote in AL Most Valuable Player balloting… Set a Yankees franchise record for home runs in a season by a shortstop, surpassing Derek Jeter (24HR in 1999)…among shortstops, tied for second in home runs, ranked third in RBI and was fourth with a .478 SLG…his 87RBI were ﬁfth-most by a Yankees shortstop in a season (min. 50.0% of games at SS)… Established career highs with 73R, 25HR and 87RBI (in 534AB), surpassing his previous bests (68R, 20HR and 70RBI in 562AB in 2016)…had a team-leading 44 multi-hit games, despite missing the ﬁrst month of the season…hit a team-best .304 (45-for-148) with RISP…had a career-best 3.9 WAR… Ranked 10th in the Majors (sixth in the AL) with a .321 (87-for-271) batting average on the road…had 25 multi-hit games on the road, second-most by a Yankee in 2017 (Brett Gardner-26)… Had an 8.14 PA/K ratio (570PA, 70K), the highest by a Yankee since Ichiro Suzuki in 2013 (8.81)… Started in the cleanup spot in the lineup 42 times (41 times as SS, 1 as DH)…his 41 starts as a SS batting fourth were the most ever by a Yankees shortstop (credit: Elias)…has started at SS and hit cleanup 54 times in his career (including 13 times in 2016)…from 1913-2015, a Yankees shortstop batted cleanup only 28 times (Peckinpaugh-10, Lazzeri-7, Tresh-5, McDougald-4, Boyer-1, Jeter-1)… Had 19RBI in 15 games vs. the Orioles, just the third Yankees shortstop since 1932 to record at least 19RBI vs. a single opponent in a single season…joined Phil Rizzuto (21RBI vs. St. Louis in 1949) and Derek Jeter (19RBI vs. Texas in 1998, 19RBI vs. Baltimore in 2004) on the list… Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on 4/2 (retroactive to 3/30) with a right shoulder strain…suﬀered the injury while playing for the Netherlands in an exhibition game against Arizona during the WBC…in ﬁve rehab games with Single-A Tampa, hit .444 (8-for-18) with 2R, 1 double, 1HR and 2RBI…was returned from rehab and reinstated from the D.L. on 4/28 (missed 20 team games)… Made his season debut and went 2-for-5 with 1 double and 1RBI in 4/28 win vs. Baltimore…was his 500th career game, becoming the second Netherlands-born Major Leaguer to reach the milestone (RHP Bert Blyleven: 699G)… During a career-long 17-game hitting streak from 5/28-6/15, hit .361 (26-for-72) with 10R, 5 doubles, 3HR and 7RBI…was the longest hit streak by a Yankee since Jacoby Ellsbury’s 17-game streak from 5/26-6/13/14… Hit his 50th career homer with a two-run HR in 6/21 win vs. Los Angeles-AL… Hit 7HR in July, his highest single-month home run total in his career…hit 6HR in June and September… Hit ﬁrst career grand slam in 7/1 loss at Houston…marked his most RBI since 9/11/15 vs. Toronto (also 4RBI)… Was one of ﬁve AL All-Star Game “Final Vote” candidates, ﬁnishing third behind winner Mike Moustakas of Kansas City and runner-up Xander Bogaerts of Boston… Over his ﬁnal 33 road games (from 7/18), hit .338 (44-for-130) with 18R, 11 doubles, 7HR, 22RBI, 8BB and 9K… Had a 10-game hitting streak from 7/18-28, batting .474 (18-for-38) with 8R, 5HR, 9RBI and 1K over the stretch… Had a streak of 56 straight starts without striking out multiple times from 7/18-9/17, the second-longest such streak by a Yankee since 2011 (Ronald Torreyes, 67G from 9/20/16-8/4/17)… Homered in three straight games from 7/23-26, becoming the ﬁrst Yankees SS in franchise history with 4HR over a three-game stretch (credit: Elias)…had his ﬁrst career multi-HR game in 7/23 win at Seattle… Hit a bases-clearing double-the 100th double of his career-in the seventh inning of 8/16 win at the Mets… Had 25RBI in 27 games in September, a single calendar month career high…homered in four of six games from 9/15-20, collecting 11RBI over the span…homered in three straight games for the second time in his career from 9/15-17 (also 7/23-26/17)… Hit two-run HR and was 1-for-1 with 4RBI, 1BB and 2SF in 9/15 win vs. Baltimore, becoming the second Yankee since 2002 to collect at least 4RBI in a game with no more than 1AB, joining Stephen Drew, who hit a pinch-hit grand slam on 4/13/15 at Baltimore… Hit a three-run HR oﬀ Tyler Duﬀey in 9/20 win vs. Minnesota, marking his 25th HR of the season to set a new single-season franchise record for most home runs by a shortstop, surpassing Derek Jeter (24HR in 1999)… Hit .250 (12-for-48) with 6R, 1 double, 1 triple, 3HR and 7RBI in 13 postseason games… With 1HR in AL Wild Card Game win vs. Minnesota and 2HR in ALDS Game 5 win at Cleveland, became the ﬁrst Major Leaguer ever to hit at least 3HR in winner-take-all games in a single postseason… Hit a game-tying three-run HR in the ﬁrst inning of the Yankees’ AL Wild Card win vs. Minnesota…was his ﬁrst career playoﬀ homer and the second HR with at least two runners on by a Yankees shortstop in postseason history (also Derek Jeter’s three-run HR in 2000 ALCS Game 4 at Seattle oﬀ Paul Abbott)…hit cleanup in the game, the ﬁrst Yankees shortstop ever to bat fourth in the starting lineup in the playoffs… Drew walks in his ﬁnal two plate appearances in ALDS Game 3 vs. Cleveland and ﬁrst three in ALDS Game 4 vs. Cleveland…his 3BB were his most ever in a game (regular season career high is 2BB, nine times)…batted third in the game, the third Yankees shortstop to hit third in the starting lineup in a postseason game, joining Derek Jeter (6x in 2001, ’03) and Gil McDougald (1x in 1957)…batted third in the starting lineup seven times in the playoﬀs… Hit 2HR oﬀ Corey Kluber in ALDS-clinching Game 5 win at Cleveland, becoming the 18th player-and ﬁrst shortstop-in Yankees history to hit multiple HR in a playoﬀ game…was the seventh 2HR game by any shortstop in postseason history and ﬁrst since Houston’s Carlos Correa in 2015 ALDS Game 4 vs. Kansas City…was the ninth player-and third Yankee (also Yogi Berra, 2HR in 1956 World Series Game 7 at Brooklyn and Jason Giambi, 2HR in 11-inning 2003 ALCS Game 7 vs. Boston)-with 2HR in a winner-take-all playoﬀ game… In two spring training games with the Yankees, hit .200 (1-for-5) with 1R, 1HR and 1RBI… Played for the Netherlands in the WBC, batting .348/.385/.652 (8-for-23) with 5R, 4 doubles, 1HR and 8RBI in six games…tied for second among participants in doubles and tied for third in RBI…hit a two-out double to drive in the tying run in the bottom of the eighth against Chinese Taipei on 3/8 to help the Netherlands advance to the second round…missed his team’s ﬁnal WBC game (in the semiﬁnals) with a hematoma of his right subscapularis muscle.
Hit .276 (155-for-562) with 68R, 32 doubles, 20HR and 70RBI in 153 games with the Yankees…set career highs in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and with a team-leading 54 extra-base hits (32 doubles, 2 triples, 0HR)…marked the most extra-base hits by a Yankees shortstop since Derek Jeter in 2007 (55XBH)…his 2.7 WAR (FanGraphs) ranked second among Yankees position players, trailing only Gary Sánchez (3.2)…tied for the team lead in RBI (also Starlin Castro) and ranked second in hits (Castro-156). Is the sixth SS in Yankees history with 30 doubles in a season (also Jeter-9x, Frankie Crosetti-2x, Tony Kubek-1x, Phil Rizzuto-1x and Lyn Lary-1x)…became the fourth Yankees shortstop to hit at least 20HR in a season (Jeter-24 in 1999, 23 in 2004, 21 in 2001; Roy Smalley-20 in 1982, Tom Tresh-20 in 1962). Batted .324 (48-for-148) with 4HR vs. left-handed pitching in 2016, the third-highest such average by a lefty batter in the Majors…against left-handers over the first four seasons of his career (2012-15), hit .214 (66-for-309) with his only HR off a left-handed pitcher coming on 7/27/15 at Texas (off Matt Harrison). Hit .298 (89-for-299) with 11HR in 83 games before the All-Star break, becoming the second Yankees shortstop to hit at least 11 pre-All-Star homers (since 1933, when the All-Star Game was first played), joining Derek Jeter (4x)…with Carlos Beltrán (.299, 19HR), became the first pair of Yankees hitters to both hit at least .298 and 11HR-or-more prior to the All-Star Game since Robinson Canó (.336, 16HR) and Nick Swisher (.298, 15HR) in 2010. According to research performed by YES Network, Castro and Gregorius, both 26 years old, formed the Yankees’ youngest regular starting middle infield pairing since 2B Willie Randolph and SS Bucky Dent began a three-year run in 1977, when Randolph was 22 and Dent was 25. With his 20HR and 2B Starlin Castro hitting 21HR, the duo became just the third 2B/SS combo, aged 26-or-younger, in Major League history to each hit at least 20HR, joining Houston’s José Altuve and Carlos Correa in 2016 and Seattle’s David Bell and Alex Rodríguez in 1999 (credit: YES Network). Batted .324 (48-for-148) with 4HR vs. left-handed pitchers, the third-highest such average by a lefty batter in the Majors…was the highest batting average by a Yankees left-handed hitter (min. 125AB vs. LHP) since Robinson Canó hit .328 (63-for-192) in 2007…hit .393 (11-for-28) against left-handed pitchers from 9/15-10/2. Hit solo HR in 4/5 Opening Day loss vs. Houston…was his first career Opening Day homer, becoming the third Yankees shortstop since at least 1913 to homer on Opening Day…Derek Jeter homered in three season openers, all of which came on the road (4/2/96 at Cleveland, 4/5/99 at Oakland and 4/1/02 at Baltimore), while Bucky Dent went deep on 4/9/81 vs. Texas at the original Yankee Stadium. Went 3-for-5 in 4/6 win vs. Houston…with Starlin Castro collecting 4H, the duo became the first Yankees starting middle infield duo to each record at least 3H in the same game since Robinson Canó and Eduardo Núñez each had 3H on 8/18/13 at Boston. Struck out six times in 99PA in May, the fewest by a Yankees player with at least 90AB in a calendar month since Robinson Canó (6K in 118PA in May 2009)…led the Majors (min. 60AB) with a 15.67 AB/K ratio) in May, the best monthly mark by a Yankee since Canó (19.00 AB/K) in May 2009…had an 11-game streak without a strikeout from 5/4-15 and an eight-game streak from 5/20-29. Reached base safely in a career-high 14 straight games from 5/12-28 (.373, 19-for-51, 8R, 1 double, 2HR, 6RBI, 4BB). In June, hit .337 (34-for-101) with 15R, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR and 18RBI in 27 games…marked his highest batting average and most hits in any calendar month of his career. Over 27 games from 6/14-7/17, batted .362 (38-for-105) with 21R, 8 doubles, 7HR and 20RBI. Hit a tie-breaking three-run HR off LHP Fernando Abad in the seventh inning on 6/16 at Minnesota…was his second career home run off a left-handed pitcher (also a two-run HR off Texas’ Matt Harrison on 7/27/15 in Arlington)…was his second three-run HR in a three-game span (also 6/14 at Colorado)…with 3RBI on 6/16 and 2RBI on 6/17, recorded multiple RBI in back-to-back games for the third time in his career (first since 8/26-28/15). Hit ninth-inning two-run “walk-off” HR in 6/29 win vs. Texas, his first career “walk-off” hit…became the ninth SS in Yankees history to hit a “walk-off” HR…the others: Derek Jeter (4/5/05 vs. Boston), Gene Michael (6/23/71 vs. Detroit), Mickey Mantle (7/22/54-G1 vs. Chicago-AL – started in CF), Frank Crosetti (8/31/44-G2 vs. Washington-AL), Phil Rizzuto (4/23/41 vs. Boston), Tony Lazzeri (7/5/27 vs. Washington-AL), Ernie Johnson (7/29/25 vs. St. Louis-AL) and Roger Peckinpaugh (6/29/21-G2 vs. Boston). Hit 5HR over a 10-game span from 6/29-7/9…had an extra-base hit in a career-best five straight games from 7/6-10 (3 doubles, 2HR), the longest streak by a Yankees SS since Jeter had an XBH in five straight from 8/19-24/12. Made 3E on 7/4 at Chicago-AL, his first career multi-error game, snapping a 35-game errorless stretch (5/27-7/3). Hit a game-tying, two-run single in the eighth inning of 8/1 win at the Mets…was his seventh career game-tying or go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning or later, and his second of the season (also a “walk-off” two-run HR in the ninth on 6/29 vs. Texas)…marked his third such RBI with his team trailing, his first since 8/18/14 at Washington w/ Arizona (go-ahead two-run HR in the eighth off Jordan Zimmermann)…also hit a game-tying triple (with the Yankees trailing, 4-3) in the eighth inning of 9/6 win vs. Toronto. Batted in the cleanup spot in the starting lineup for the first time in his career in 8/13 win vs. Tampa Bay, hitting a two-run HR and going 2-for-4 with 1 double. Hit third in the starting lineup in three straight games (8/14-16), the first such starts of his career…became the first Yankees SS to start in the three-hole since Jeter on 5/18/08 vs. the Mets…since 1969, only Gregorius, Jeter (128G) and Roy Smalley (1G) have started games at shortstop while batting third in the lineup. Hit safely in a career-high 12 straight games from 8/19-31, batting .302 (16-for-53) with 9R, 5 doubles, 1HR and 7RBI over the stretch…was the longest hitting streak by a Yankee in 2016. Stole home as part of a double steal with Castro (2B) in the third inning of 8/27 win vs. Baltimore…was originally called out at home, but the call was overturned following a Yankees challenge…was the Yankees’ third steal of home in 2016 and second as part of a double steal (also 6/4 at Baltimore-Ellsbury SB of home, Gardner SB of 2B). Hit a pinch-hit solo HR for Ronald Torreyes in the seventh-the second of back-to-back HRs with Ellsbury-in 9/13 win vs. Los Angeles-NL…was his first career pinch-hit HR.
Hit .265 (139-for-525) with 57R, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 9HR and 56RBI in 155 games (147 starts at SS) in his first season with the Yankees…set career highs in games played, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI…Hit .206 in April, .232 in May, .258 in June and .317 in July…the only other player in Yankees history who improved his monthly averages by 25 or more points in every month April through July (min: 50AB each month) is Melky Cabrera in 2007 (.200, .254, .298, .368)-credit: Elias…hit .310 in August and .248 in September/October…Hit .237 (49-for-207) with 21R, 8 doubles, 4HR, 16RBI, a .622 OPS and 9E in his first 63 games of the season (4/6-6/21)…over his final 92 games (6/22-10/4), hit .283 (90-for-318) with 36R, 16 doubles, 5HR, 40RBI, a .730 OPS and 4E…only three of his 13 errors in 2015 were throwing errors (5/27, 6/1 and 8/17)…Homered in consecutive games three times in 2015 (5/22 and 5/23; 6/19 and 6/20; 8/26 and 8/28)…entering the season, had hit a home run in back-to-back games just once in his career (6/4 and 6/6/14 w/ Arizona)…According to FanGraphs, ranked seventh among Major League SS (fourth in the AL) with a career-high 3.1 WAR…ranked as the fifth-most valuable fielder in the AL and 12th-most valuable fielder in the Majors across all positions according to DEF metric (FanGraphs)… had 14.2 defensive runs above average, a component of WAR…Made his Yankees debut in 4/6 Opening Day loss vs. Toronto, going 0-for-2 with 1HP in his first career Opening Day start at SS…collected his first hit and RBI as a Yankee with a fifth-inning single in 4/9 loss vs. Toronto…Hit three-run HR-his first HR as a Yankee-in 5/22 loss vs. Texas…snapped a 205AB homerless stretch (first HR since 8/23/14 w/ Arizona vs. San Diego).,,Hit two-run HR off Matt Harrison in 7/27 win at Texas (3-for-4, 4RBI)…was his first career HR off LHP (239AB)…Established a career high with 4H, going 4-for-5 with 2R, 1 triple, 3RBI and 1HP in 7/28 win at Texas…reached base safely five times in a game for the first time in his career (later matched on 8/30 at Atlanta)…Had 31H and 14RBI in 28G in August (.310, 31-for-100), his most hits and RBI in a calendar month in his career (previous-27H in May 2013 and 13RBI in July 2015)…From 8/26 through the end of the season, hit .310 (39-for-126) with 16R, 8 doubles, 4HR and 24RBI in 37 games… collected at least 1RBI in 14 of those 37 games…Had 13H with 11RBI in 5G span from 8/26-31, collecting at least 1RBI in each game to establish a career-long stretch…the only other Yankee shortstop with as many hits and RBI over a five-game span was Tony Lazzeri, who had 16H and 12RBI over a five-game period in July 1927 (credit: Elias)…matched the longest such RBI streak by a Yankees shortstop since 2006 (Jeter, exactly 5G twice, 5/19-23/07 and 8/13-18/09)… did not have an RBI in his previous 21G, marking a career-high streak without an RBI…Hit .583 (14-for-24) with 7R, 1 double, 2HR, 10RBI, 3BB and 1HP in 6GS at SS on the Yankees’ six-game road trip to Atlanta and Boston from 8/28-9/2…became the first player in franchise history to post that high of a batting average with at least 10RBI in a road trip of any length (credit: Elias)…Hit two-run HR, drove in a career-high six runs and tied a career high with 4H in 8/28 win at Atlanta, going 4-for-5…recorded the first game with 4H and 6RBI by a Yankee since Robinson Cano on 10/3/12 vs. Boston… marked the first such game by a Yankees shortstop since at least 1914 and the first by any Major League shortstop since Washington’s Danny Espinsoa on 9/6/10 vs. the Mets…Made his postseason debut in the Yankees’ Wild Card Game loss vs. Houston, going 1-for-3…Hit .271 (13-for-48) with 4R, 5 doubles and 6RBI in 20 spring training games…was diagnosed with a left wrist sprain (X-rays were negative) after diving while trying to field a ball on 3/28…returned to play on 4/2.
Batted .252 (90-for-357) with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs and 28 RBI in 103 games in his fi rst full Major League season… Ranked among NL rookies in walks (1st, 37), runs scored (5th, 47) and on-base percentage (6th, .332)… Posted a .971 fielding percentage (13 E) in 100 games (97 starts) at shortstop… Began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow and was reinstated on April 16…appeared in 7 rehab games with Triple-A Reno… Hit his first Major League home run on April 18 @ Yankees, the seventh player to homer in his first D-backs atbat and first to do so on the first pitch… Struck in the head by a Josh Outman pitch on April 26 vs. Rockies and was on the 7-day disabled list with a mild concussion from April 28 (retro to April 27)-May 4… Hit safely in first 10 games to start a season from April 18-May 7, tied for the club record for longest hitting streak to start a season (also Willie Bloomquist in 2011, Danny Bautista in 2002 and Steve Finley in 2000); and to start a D-backs career (Bloomquist in 2011)… Entered the season ranked among the D-backs’ top prospects by MLB.com (No. 3) and Baseball America (No. 5).
Combined to hit .265 (133-for-501) with 21 doubles, 11 triples, 7 home runs and 54 RBI in 129 games with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville…also played in 8 games with Cincinnati, hitting .300 (6-for-20)with 2RBI…Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the Reds’ No. 6 Prospect and the Best Defensive Infielder and possessing the Best Throwing Arm…Began the season with Blue Wahoos and was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team, batting .278 (88-for-316)…promoted to Louisville on July 10…Hit .243 (45-for-185) in 48 games with the Bats…Recalled by Reds on Sept. 1 and made his Major League debut on Sept. 4 vs. Phillies (0-for-4)…Collected his first hit on Sept. 9 vs. Astros (single off Wesley Wright)…Following the season, was rated by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Shortstop in the SL…Played with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League and hit .284 with 1 home run and 8 RBI…named to the AFL Top Prospect Team and tabbed by Baseball America as the 14th-best prospect
In 84 apps at Class A Bakersfield and Class AA Carolina combined to hit .289 (7hr, 44rbi, 11sb)…was promoted to Carolina on 7/25…was voted Best Infield Arm in the California League in Baseball America’s Best Tools issue…entered the 2011 season rated the 19th-best prospect in the organization…on 11/18 was added to the 40-man roster.
In 127 apps at Class A Dayton and Lynchburg combined to hit .272 (5hr, 41rbi, 16sb)…played all but 7g at Dayton…appeared in Baseball America’s annual Best Tools section for having the Midwest League’s Best Infield Arm…following the season was named the Outstanding Defensive Player at the IBAF Intercontinental Cup and received the Australian Baseball League’s Golden Glove Award as its best defensive player.
Was a Pioneer League All-Star…in 72 apps at Class A Sarasota and Rookie Billings combined to hit .298 (1hr, 18rbi, 8sb)…ranked fourth among all Reds minor leaguers in batting average…reached base safely in 58 of his 72g…while with Billings hit safely in 13 straight games from 7/4-7/18 (.421, 24-57) as part of a stretch during which he reached base safely in 19 straight games (7/4-7/25, .359, .414obp).