Saturday, February 25, 2017
Don't sleep on Didi
There is a lot of excitement in Yankees camp this year, and rightfully so, as the newest batch of prospects – some new to the organization – will be front and center.
Not all of them will pan out. That’s how it works with prospects. However, the Yankees have enough quality right now that several of them should become at least solid Big Leaguers, either for NY or someone else.
With all the hype surrounding these guys, it’s easy to forget about the current players. Take shortstop, for example. Gleyber Torres is widely considered a Top 10 prospect in the game right now, and the next great Yankees shortstop. But I’ve been reminding myself that the Yankees have a pretty good one in place right now – Didi Gregorius.
Gregorius isn’t the sexy name and he had the dubious task of following Derek Jeter, but he’s also no slouch. He plays excellent defense, and last season belted 20 HRs as a 26-year old. It’s not like he’s some aging player keeping the seat warm for the rising star. He’s entering the prime of his career, and has steadily been improving each season.
There aren’t many shortstops these days with 20-HR power and great defense.
I’m going to consciously make an effort to enjoy Didi and appreciate the job he’s done as a Yankee, and hopefully other fans do the same, instead of just waiting for Torres or Mateo or some other shiny new toy to come along. It’s ok to be excited about the future, but it’s important to remember that the present is pretty good too.