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In my lifetime, the shortstop for the Yankees has typically been a pricey fantasy commodity.
That hasn't been the case since 2015, when Didi Gregorius took over as the team's starter at the position while quietly posting a 3.1-fWAR season as a 25-year-old. Despite playing in 155 games that season, he hit just nine homers, which only increased concerns that he might be a slick, glove-first shortstop with a bat that left plenty to be desired.
In 2016, Gregorius hit the ball in the air more frequently, and he more than doubled his home-run output to 20. Maybe it was just the byproduct of the short porch at Yankee Stadium? Probably not, as he hit 11 long balls at home compared to nine on the road that season, before following up his first 20-homer season with a 25-homer effort a year ago (12 home, 13 road).
The NFBC ADP for Gregorius moved up to 120th overall in 2018, making him a late eighth-round pick in 15-team leagues, and a late 10th-rounder in 12-teamers. Perhaps the concern was that the addition of Giancarlo Stanton would bump him out of the clean-up spot in 2018? Through 14 games, he's been in that spot 10 times this season, with two games hitting fifth and one hitting sixth (plus a day off).
I'm pretty sure Bernie Pleskoff has told me on every episode of Short Hops we have ever recorded that Didi is going to be one of the best shortstops in the game.