Yesterday, we graded Starlin Castro‘s season at second base. Today, we move to shortstop where we’ll grade Didi Gregorius. This was Gregorius’s second season with the New York Yankees, and so far he had been everything the Yankees could have wanted.
During the 2014 offseason, the Yankees traded for shortstop Didi Gregorius, who was dubbed as Derek Jeter‘s heir. The moment he joined the team, Gregorius fit right into the Yankees mold, and he did the same in 2016. Overall, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 homers and 70 RBI’s, which were both career highs. Gregorius also logged a 2.2 WAR, which is above Major League average.
Let’s grade Gregorius season month by month.
April: Gregorius got off to a slow start, although not as slow as 2015. Gregorius hit two homers and drove in five runs in 66 at-bats. For the month of April, Gregorius hit .224/.254/.343.
May: Gregorius logged in 94 at-bats and made use of them, hitting two homers while driving in 14 runs. For the month of May, Gregorius hit .287/.316/.394.
June: Gregorius was one of the hotter bats in the Yankees lineup during the the month of June, hitting four homers while driving in 18 runs. It’s also worth noting Gregorius logged in 101 at-bats during the month. For the month of June, Gregorius hit .337/.368/.535.
July: Gregorius came off his June high in July, but he was still valuable to the Bronx Bombers, hitting three homers while driving in seven. For the month of July, Gregorius hit .292/.323/.495.
August: Average wise, Gregorius’s numbers dipped. However, he provided serious power, hitting six homers and driving in 18 runs. For the month of August, Gregorius hit .268/.291/.500.
September: Gregorius’s numbers took a drastic hit in September, only getting 20 hits in 93 at-bats. Power wise, Gregorius hit three homers and drove in eight. For the month of September, Gregorius hit .215/.250/.366.
October: Gregorius had two hits in four at-bats and drove in a run. For the month of October, Gregorius hit .500/.500/.500.
The Verdict: It was another solid year for Didi Gregorius, who proved the Yankees made the right decision when they traded for him two years ago. Gregorius is entering his third year as a Yankee in 2017 and the Yankees hope he can keep up his consistent numbers.
So what would be Didi Gregorius’s final grade?
FINAL GRADE: B
Tomorrow: We move to third base where we’ll grade Chase Headley. Despite an awful April, Headley actually had a good season. He was just overshadowed by the rookies.