Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Meet a Prospect: Didi Gregorius

Mariekson Julius “Didi” Gregorius was traded to the New York Yankees last week in a three team trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks in essentially cost the Yankees Shane Greene. Didi was born on February 18, 1990 and is one of only a handful of major league players ever to be born in Curacao. Didi has some rather large Nike Air Jordan’s to fill as he replaces the legendary Derek Jeter so let’s meet the man donned with the task.

Didi previously played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 and the Arizona Diamondbacks the past two seasons before coming to New York and is just 24 years old, 25 in time for the season to start. The Reds signed Gregorius as an amateur free agent in 2007 and stashed him in their minor league system until September of 2012 as he was one of many to make his debut as a part of September call ups. Gregorius made his major league debut five days later on September 5th and apparently did enough to garner enough interest from the Arizona Diamondbacks because the Snakes acquired Gregorius after the 2012 season.

The Reds, Cleveland Indians and Diamondbacks pulled off a three way trade in which the Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald while the Diamondbacks received Gregorius and relief pitcher Tony Sipp for a trio of pitchers they sent to Cleveland highlighted by Trevor Bauer and Matt Albers. Gregorius would hit his first career home run during that 2013 season with his new team inside Yankee Stadium conveniently against the Yankees and Phil Hughes. Gregorius spent much of his time in Arizona splitting time with the likes of Chris Owings and/or being assigned to Triple-A. Now Gregorius will get an everyday job, or pretty close to it, with New York and I think I speak for most when I say we’re happy to have him.

Welcome to the family Didi. 

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