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Note: This page is for Mariekson "Didi" Gregorius who made his major league debut in 2012. For his father who played in the minor leagues, click here
Mariekson Julius Gregorius
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
 Biographical Information
Gregorius was signed by scout Jim Stoeckel in 2007 for the Cincinnati Reds. In 2008, he debuted with the GCL Reds and was 1 for 3 on June 24. He only hit .155/.241/.155 for the year and fielded .910. In 2009, he improved significantly, batting .314/.363/.387 for the Billings Mustangs and .254/.274/.310 in 22 games forthe Sarasota Reds. He fielded .927. He was named to the Pioneer League All-Star team at shortstop. He then made the Dutch national team preliminary 33-man roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup, an event in which his father and brother played for the Netherlands Antilles.
Gregorius went 6 for 20 in his major league debut for the Reds in September of 2012. Considered one of the top prospects in the organization, but redundant because of the presence of the young Zack Cozart at shortstop, he was dealt to the Cleveland Indians on December 11th along with OF Drew Stubbs in return for OF Shin-Soo Choo and IF Jason Donald. The Indians then immediately dealt him to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with P Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson in return for Ps Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. With incumbent SS Stephen Drew having left via free agency, Didi was considered as the favorite to win the position in 2013. However, the D-Backs received some bad news shortly after the trade, as Gregorius had to be shut down with elbow problems before spring training, and as a result started the season on the disabled list. He made his debut with the team on April 18th a memorable one however, homering off Philip Hughes of the New York Yankees at New Yankee Stadium in his first at-bat of the season. It was his first big league home run. He had been called up when 2B Aaron Hill went on the disabled list with a broken hand. Arizona went on to win the game, 6-2, in 12 innings. On April 27th however, he was hit on the helmet by a 93-mph fastball thrown by the Colorado Rockies' Josh Outman and suffered a concussion, putting him on the shelf. He was hitting .407 with 4 doubles and 2 homers in his first 7 games. he came back on May 7th, and while he cooled down as was to be expected, he continued to hit well, as his average was still at .330 heading into a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers on May 27th. He had a great game in the nitecap that day, hitting a triple off Yu Darvish in the 1st inning and driving in a run, and then hitting a game-tying two-run homer off the Japanese master in the 8th as the D-Backs completed a sweep of the Rangers. He played 103 games that season, hitting .252 with 7 homers, 47 runs scored and 28 RBIs.
But just when it looked like Gregorius was at the start of a long career as the Diamondbacks' shortstop, another prospect emerged in the organization to challenge his position in Chris Owings. The two shared the position in 2014, with Didi playing 80 games with a .226 average, 6 homers and 27 RBIs. With the D-Backs having a very poor season, it was clear that they could not keep two young shortstops with the potential to be starters with a number of holes to patch, and they decided to place their bets on Owings. However, another team was willing to give Gregorius a shot at starting, the New York Yankees, who tabbed him to replace retired legend Derek Jeter. They gave up P Shane Greene in return, but Arizona immediately flipped him to the Detroit Tigers for P Robbie Ray and IF Domingo Leyba. Eraly indications were that the Yankees would seek to play him in a platoon in 2015, with veteran Brendan Ryan getting to play against lefthanders.
- 2008 Reds Media Guide
 Further Reading
- Chad Jennings: "Yankees' new shortstop stays in Derek Jeter's shadow", USA Today Sports, March 1, 2015.