The shortstop position belonged to one man on the New York Yankees for 20 years, Derek Jeter. That said, there were some pretty large shoes to fill after his retirement, shoes that may never be filled adequately.
Didi Gregorious was acquired by the Yankees as a solution for shortstop, and he’s been largely effective for them ever since. He’s not Jeter quality, and the Yankees are okay with that. They don’t need perfection from Gregorious when the team around him is equally strong in their respective roles. But it helps that he’s been playing phenomenally to start the 2018 season.
He has nine RBIs to his name, eight of which came in one game against the Tampa Bay Rays, as well as two home runs in the very same game.
Though he hasn’t been responsible for much scoring at the plate outside of this game, his hitting percentage proves he’s at least generating an offense for the team. At the time of writing this piece, he’s batting a .364 over six games with 22 at bats.
Gregorious has been highly efficient thus far, and though this kind of performance is unsustainable over the course of a 162-game season, it’s impressive nonetheless.
Not to diminish his efforts, but Gregorious cannot entirely replace the production Jeter offered the Yankees throughout his career, and that’s okay. Both Joe Girardi and Aaron Boone have been lucky to utilize his potential to its maximum capacity, and that’s what matters most.