Replacing Derek Jeter was never going to be an easy task, but Didi Gregorius began his Yankee career with an horrendous start.
As of May 30, 2015, Didi featured a slash line of .211 / .276 / .289 and was making a ton of defensive and baserunning mistakes. The next day, a 2-for-3 game in Oakland began a stretch in which he batted .285 / .334 / .399 (7 Hr, 45 RBI) over the next 111 games to finish out the season.
On Thursday night against the Twins, Didi clobbered his 2nd 3-run home run of the road trip, and it proved to be the difference in a 4-1 Yankee victory. What’s even more noteworthy is that Didi has dominated lefties this year to the tune of a .368 average. Over the last 365 days, Gregorius has started 151 games and has batted .282, with 13 HR and 71 RBI. He’s struck out just 75 times in an age where everyone strikes out, and despite a dWAR of -0.2, he has looked slick in the field and has featured a rocket arm.
At just 26 years old, it appears the Yankees have found a shortstop for the next several years. He may not be Derek Jeter, but few are, and he has become a very solid player for the Yankees going forward.
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