Didi Gregorius SS ARI 2 Days
The offensive woes for Didi Gregorius continued on Friday, as the young shortstop went 0-for-2 in a losing effort against the Athletics.
Gregorius is now just 3-for-17 (.176) in the early Cactus League season. He's battling with Chris Owings to become the team's starting shortstop, but neither competitor has come out of the gate swinging. Fantasy owners are likely rooting for Owings to claim the job outright, as he profiles as a much more productive player across the board.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 11 Days
Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers acknowledged Wednesday that he's open to trading a shortstop.
Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings are currently battling over starting duties in Diamondbacks camp. The loser of that competition could be shipped to another team before Opening Day. "For us, it would have to be the right deal," Towers told the Arizona Republic. "Our biggest needs in our system are catching. If it's the right, top-notch catching prospect. Someone we could have right behind [Miguel Montero]. More of an upper-level guy. Maybe a top, upper-end starter. We have a lot of bullpen depth, infielders. Maybe an outfielder, but probably more catching and Double-A, Triple-A type starter."
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 29 Days
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Didi Gregorius is the "favorite" to win the starting shortstop job this spring, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
"To me, the favorite has to be Didi," Towers said. "He was our shortstop last year. For a rookie, I thought he played very, very well." Towers goes on to say he thought Gregorius wore down near the end of the season, contributing to his poor finish at the plate. Gregorius and top prospect Chris Owings will vie for the starting gig in the coming weeks, with the loser likely starting the season at Triple-A Reno. Owings winning the job would certainly be the preference for fantasy owners, but it seems he'll have to earn it. It's definitely a battle worth watching.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 6 Months
Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer Tuesday in an 11-innings loss against the Dodgers.
He finished 1-for-4. Gregorius began this season like gangbusters, looking like a potential Rookie of the Year candidate, but he posted OPS' of .589, .673 and .513 in June, July and August, respectively. Those struggles made for an awkward September, because manager Kirk Gibson is auditioning Chris Owings, who absolutely mauled minor league pitching this year, to potentially steal his job in 2014.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 7 Months
Didi Gregorius is batting just .211/.292/.265 over 186 plate appearances since June 1.
If we want to take a little more liberty with the end-point, Gregorius is hitting an anemic .184/.260/.235 with one homer and five RBI over 151 plate appearances since June 8. It's been a long, grueling regression to the mean for the precocious shortstop who was batting .322 with an .882 OPS entering play on June 8. Arizona never expected the 23-year-old to hit nearly that well, so they can't be disappointed with the way the situation has unfolded. Gregorius, a glove-first, glove-second shortstop, will remain in the lineup because of his leather. He just isn't worth a roster spot in mixed leagues.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 8 Months
Didi Gregorius went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk as the Diamondbacks' No. 8 hitter on Monday.
Gregorius started out his major league career on fire, but he entered tonight at .221/.292/.292 in his last 45 games. The Diamondbacks can't be too disappointed, since he never figured to be much of an offensive asset in the first place. His glove has been as advertised, so he's worthy of his lineup spot.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 9 Months
Didi Gregorius went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Gregorius struck out five times in seven at-bats over his last two games, failing to reach base in seven at-bats and dropping his average from .322 to .308. The rookie shortstop hasn't stolen a base this season, but he's reached base in 37% of his plate appearances and will score plenty of runs hitting in front of Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 10 Months
Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and three RBI in Monday's 5-4 victory over the Rangers.
After a pair of 0-fers, Gregorius returned to a starting role. The young shortstop has been one of fantasy baseball's breakout stars, batting .324/.385/.541 with four homers and 11 RBI despite not making the Opening Day roster and missing time on the disabled list due to a concussion.
Didi Gregorius SS ARI 10 Months
Didi Gregorius went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's one-run victory over the Padres.
Coming into the game, Gregorius had recorded multi-hit games in three of his last six. The rookie shortstop continues to make a mockery of offseason offensive projections, batting .330/.395/.515 through 103 at-bats. Gregorius is going to score a ton of runs this season out of the No. 2 hole, hitting in front of Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez.