Didi Gregorius Outpacing The Yankees Power Hitters

New York Yankees, Didi Gregorius

It’s time to acknowledge the roar that is coming off the bat of Sir Didi Gregorius. Gregorius, 26, has become an offensive juggernaut in the first month of the season, outpacing the other big bats not only in the Yankees lineup but also in the league in several categories.

In 2017, Gregorius hit 25 home runs after missing the first month of the season due to injury.  He’s showing fans in 2018 what they missed with a display of power that is out-rivaling the league—only Mike Trout has more home runs with 10. Gregorious with his eight home runs is tied for second place with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon and Mitch Haniger.

However, Gregorius claims he’s not a home run hitter and told Meredith Marakovits of YES:



We’re 22 games into the season and the Yankees home run leader is not Aaron Judge nor Giancarlo Stanton, it’s not even Gary Sanchez—Gregorius leads the team with eight home runs, one in front of Judge who has seven.

Gregorius’ numbers to date are career numbers for him: .347/.442/.787 with seven doubles, eight home runs, and a team leading 27 RBIs.

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While Yankee fans have long known what an underrated shortstop Gregorius was, MLB.com ranked Gregorius the number five shortstop in the league in 2018, behind (shown with current stats):

Gregorius is far out-pacing these league leaders in nearly every category on the young season.  Carlos Correa, who is second behind Gregorius in batting average, has only half the home runs Gregorius has on the season.

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Katie Sharp tweeted regarding Gregorius’ record-setting power numbers:

What we’ve got here Yankee fans is the best shortstop in baseball and he’s showing a lineup of power hitters how it’s done.

Fans are clamoring for Gregorius to be named the team captain on the strength of his breakout performance this season, and if he continues to set records and power his way through the league, who’s to say he shouldn’t be? Especially if the Yankees can capture a championship this season.

 

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