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Didi was expected to start in 2014, but after a rocky Spring Training, expectations were thrown out the window.

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Health and other mitigating factors
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.

Didi Gregorius - SS

  • DOB: 2/18/1990
  • 2014 Salary: League minimum
  • 2014 performance: 80 games, .226/.290/.363,
  • 2014 value: 1.1 bWAR, 0.3 fWAR.
  • 2014 might seem like a lost year for our young shortstop. After losing the shortstop battle to Chris Owings in Spring Training, Didi went down to AAA-Reno and after hitting .310/.389.447 there, made his way back to the big league club after Cliff Pennington had surgery to repair a sprained ligament in his thumb. From there, Didi served as a utility infielder, playing 11 games at 2nd base and 2 at 3rd base. But when Chris Owings went to the disabled list at the end of June, Didi Gregorius took over the starting job and never gave it back, save for the Nick Ahmed experiment for a couple weeks there.

    It's safe to say that Didi struggled. After a .703 OPS in 2013, Didi just never found his rhythm at the plate at any point last year. What's worse, is Didi was absolutely awful against LHP, with an OPS of just .424. Didi is turning into (or has been all along) a player that's not going to win you games with his bat. Defensively however, Didi is about as solid as you can expect. Scouts praise his abilities and expect him to be a plus-defender at SS. But did he hit enough to warrant the starting job he had in 2014?