Full name is Mariekson Julius Gregorius...was born in the Netherlands, but has spent most of his life in Curacao...his first language is Papiamento, but he also speaks English, Spanish and Dutch...according to Baseball-Reference, was one of six players born in Europe to appear in a Major League game in 2015, joining Aaron Altherr (Germany), Jeff Baker (Germany), Edwin Jackson (Germany), Max Kepler (Germany) and Chris Reed (United Kingdom)...Has had the nickname, Didi, since he was young... his father and his brother are each also referred to as Didi...Growing up, played basketball, soccer and swam competitively...enjoys snorkeling...Is an accomplished artist...regularly paints and sketches on road trips...His mother, Sheritsa Stroop, was a national softball player...his father, Johannes Gregorius, Sr., pitched in one of the top Dutch leagues...his older brother, Johannes Gregorius, Jr., is a former pitcher in the Orioles organization...Became a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in Curacao as a reward for being part of the Netherlands team that won the 2011 International Baseball Federation World Cup in Panama...the Netherlands went 11-1, defeating Cuba in the finals...Made his first trip to the United States in the early 2000s when Andruw Jones (also from Curacao) invited his baseball team to see the Braves play in Atlanta.
Hit .265 (139-for-525) with 57R, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 9HR and 56RBI in 155 games (147 starts at SS) in his first season with the Yankees...set career highs in games played, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI...Hit .206 in April, .232 in May, .258 in June and .317 in July...the only other player in Yankees history who improved his monthly averages by 25 or more points in every month April through July (min: 50AB each month) is Melky Cabrera in 2007 (.200, .254, .298, .368)-credit: Elias...hit .310 in August and .248 in September/October...Hit .237 (49-for-207) with 21R, 8 doubles, 4HR, 16RBI, a .622 OPS and 9E in his first 63 games of the season (4/6-6/21)...over his final 92 games (6/22-10/4), hit .283 (90-for-318) with 36R, 16 doubles, 5HR, 40RBI, a .730 OPS and 4E...only three of his 13 errors in 2015 were throwing errors (5/27, 6/1 and 8/17)...Homered in consecutive games three times in 2015 (5/22 and 5/23; 6/19 and 6/20; 8/26 and 8/28)...entering the season, had hit a home run in back-to-back games just once in his career (6/4 and 6/6/14 w/ Arizona)...According to FanGraphs, ranked seventh among Major League SS (fourth in the AL) with a career-high 3.1 WAR...ranked as the fifth-most valuable fielder in the AL and 12th-most valuable fielder in the Majors across all positions according to DEF metric (FanGraphs)... had 14.2 defensive runs above average, a component of WAR...Made his Yankees debut in 4/6 Opening Day loss vs. Toronto, going 0-for-2 with 1HP in his first career Opening Day start at SS...collected his first hit and RBI as a Yankee with a fifth-inning single in 4/9 loss vs. Toronto...Hit three-run HR-his first HR as a Yankee-in 5/22 loss vs. Texas...snapped a 205AB homerless stretch (first HR since 8/23/14 w/ Arizona vs. San Diego).,,Hit two-run HR off Matt Harrison in 7/27 win at Texas (3-for-4, 4RBI)...was his first career HR off LHP (239AB)...Established a career high with 4H, going 4-for-5 with 2R, 1 triple, 3RBI and 1HP in 7/28 win at Texas...reached base safely five times in a game for the first time in his career (later matched on 8/30 at Atlanta)...Had 31H and 14RBI in 28G in August (.310, 31-for-100), his most hits and RBI in a calendar month in his career (previous-27H in May 2013 and 13RBI in July 2015)...From 8/26 through the end of the season, hit .310 (39-for-126) with 16R, 8 doubles, 4HR and 24RBI in 37 games... collected at least 1RBI in 14 of those 37 games...Had 13H with 11RBI in 5G span from 8/26-31, collecting at least 1RBI in each game to establish a career-long stretch...the only other Yankee shortstop with as many hits and RBI over a five-game span was Tony Lazzeri, who had 16H and 12RBI over a five-game period in July 1927 (credit: Elias)...matched the longest such RBI streak by a Yankees shortstop since 2006 (Jeter, exactly 5G twice, 5/19-23/07 and 8/13-18/09)... did not have an RBI in his previous 21G, marking a career-high streak without an RBI...Hit .583 (14-for-24) with 7R, 1 double, 2HR, 10RBI, 3BB and 1HP in 6GS at SS on the Yankees' six-game road trip to Atlanta and Boston from 8/28-9/2...became the first player in franchise history to post that high of a batting average with at least 10RBI in a road trip of any length (credit: Elias)...Hit two-run HR, drove in a career-high six runs and tied a career high with 4H in 8/28 win at Atlanta, going 4-for-5...recorded the first game with 4H and 6RBI by a Yankee since Robinson Cano on 10/3/12 vs. Boston... marked the first such game by a Yankees shortstop since at least 1914 and the first by any Major League shortstop since Washington's Danny Espinsoa on 9/6/10 vs. the Mets...Made his postseason debut in the Yankees' Wild Card Game loss vs. Houston, going 1-for-3...Hit .271 (13-for-48) with 4R, 5 doubles and 6RBI in 20 spring training games...was diagnosed with a left wrist sprain (X-rays were negative) after diving while trying to field a ball on 3/28...returned to play on 4/2.
Hit .226 (61-for-270) with 35R, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 6HR and 27RBI in 80 games with Arizona…batted .327(17-for-52) with runners in scoring position…hit all six of his homers oﬀ right-handed pitchers... Appeared in 67 games at shortstop, 11 at second base and two at third base…ranked sixth among all MajorLeague shortstops (min. 60G) with a .983 ﬁelding percentage at the position (98PO, 189A, 5E, 292TC)... Played in both games of the Diamondbacks' opening series against the Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, pinch-hitting in the ﬁrst game (0-for-1) and starting at shortstop in the second (0-for-3, 1BB)... Was optioned to Triple-A Reno on 3/29…appeared in 57 games with the Aces, batting .310 (70-for-226) with14 doubles, 4 triples, 3HR and 25RBI... Was recalled from Reno on 6/3…hit leadoﬀ home runs on 6/4 at Colorado and 6/6 vs. Atlanta, becoming theﬁrst player in club history to hit leadoﬀ homers in consecutive starts... Made his ﬁrst career appearance at 2B on 6/4 at Colorado and his ﬁrst appearance at 3B on 6/19 vs. Milwaukee... Matched a club record with three doubles on 9/22 at Minnesota (22nd time)... Hit .371 (13-for-35) with 3R, 3 doubles, 1 triple and 3RBI in his ﬁnal nine games of the season (9/19-28).
Batted .252 (90-for-357) with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs and 28 RBI in 103 games in his fi rst full Major League season... Ranked among NL rookies in walks (1st, 37), runs scored (5th, 47) and on-base percentage (6th, .332)... Posted a .971 fielding percentage (13 E) in 100 games (97 starts) at shortstop... Began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow and was reinstated on April 16…appeared in 7 rehab games with Triple-A Reno... Hit his first Major League home run on April 18 @ Yankees, the seventh player to homer in his first D-backs atbat and first to do so on the first pitch... Struck in the head by a Josh Outman pitch on April 26 vs. Rockies and was on the 7-day disabled list with a mild concussion from April 28 (retro to April 27)-May 4... Hit safely in first 10 games to start a season from April 18-May 7, tied for the club record for longest hitting streak to start a season (also Willie Bloomquist in 2011, Danny Bautista in 2002 and Steve Finley in 2000); and to start a D-backs career (Bloomquist in 2011)... Entered the season ranked among the D-backs' top prospects by MLB.com (No. 3) and Baseball America (No. 5).