Mid-Season Report Card: Didi Gregorius
After his breakout season in 2016 where he swatted a career high 20 homers, 2017 did not start out the way Didi would’ve wanted. He injured his shoulder during the World Baseball Classic and missed the first month of the season. However, since he returned to the lineup on April 28th, Didi has picked up right where he left off last season, and continues to show that he’s one of the most talented shortstops in the American League.
First Half Performance:
Didi broke onto the scene at the end of April, and provided a boost to a Yankees team that at the time was the hottest in baseball. His two out, game tying two-run single on April 30th remains one of the more clutch hits the Yankees have had this season.
That was also the game that Bryan Mitchell played first base for an inning. Baseball is weird. Anyways, Didi carried his hitting into May, where he had a batting line of .283/.318/.414 with three homers and 14 RBIs. That is not too shabby. However, he really hit his stride in June, where he hit .315/.327/.528, with six homers and 14 RBIs. He also carried a 17 game hitting streak into June, which was the longest by a Yankee since his predecessor, Derek Jeter. The one potential knock with Didi however is that he rarely walked during the first half of the season. He had ONE in all of June. He’s a contact oriented player that is going to go up there and swing at whatever he wants. That’s not a bad thing! His base hits do the job just fine. He also started out July pretty well, belting his first career grand slam on Saturday night against the Astros, so let’s hope he keeps this up.
Expectations for the Second Half:
I really have a good feeling that Didi is going to continue to mash and come up clutch continuously for the Yankees. After last year’s breakout season, where he put up a .276/.304/.447 batting line with the aforementioned 20 homers, he has a chance to continue to grow on that success and put up an even better season. I fully expect him to do so, as well. Even if he falls into a slump, however, he should still put up Gold Glove caliber defense at shortstop. No matter what, Didi should be a bright spot for the Yankees in the second half of the season.
MLB is full of superstar shortstops, such as Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Correa, and Didi belongs in that category with them. He’s still only just 27, and is entering his prime. He should continue to mature as a player and become even better, and that’s really exciting. Even though he plays for the Yankees, Didi is somehow incredibly underrated. However, after this season, he may just make his name a household commodity.