Full name is Mariekson Julius Gregorius…was born in the Netherlands, but has spent most of his life in Curaçao…his first language is Papiamento, but he also speaks English, Spanish and Dutch…according to Baseball-Reference, was one of five players born in Europe to appear in a Major League game in 2016, joining Aaron Altherr (Germany), Edwin Jackson (Germany), Max Kepler (Germany) and Bruce Maxwell (Germany). 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 edits video, 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. Spent two weeks in January 2017 giving baseball clinics in three different New Zealand cities…the program, arranged in conjunction with Baseball New Zealand, was developed to help increase excitement about baseball and build the sport in a country where rugby, softball and cricket have dominated historically. Was named the Yankees' "Heart and Hustle Award" nominee for 2016…the award is presented annually by the MLB Players Alumni Association to honor one player from each team who demonstrates a passion for baseball and embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game…was also named the team's 2016 Hank Aaron Award nominee, recognizing the most outstanding offensive performers in each league. Became a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in Curaçao 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 Curaçao) invited his baseball team to see the Braves play in Atlanta.
Hit .276 (155-for-562) with 68R, 32 doubles, 20HR and 70RBI in 153 games with the Yankees…set career highs in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and with a team-leading 54 extra-base hits (32 doubles, 2 triples, 0HR)…marked the most extra-base hits by a Yankees shortstop since Derek Jeter in 2007 (55XBH)…his 2.7 WAR (FanGraphs) ranked second among Yankees position players, trailing only Gary Sánchez (3.2)…tied for the team lead in RBI (also Starlin Castro) and ranked second in hits (Castro-156). Is the sixth SS in Yankees history with 30 doubles in a season (also Jeter-9x, Frankie Crosetti-2x, Tony Kubek-1x, Phil Rizzuto-1x and Lyn Lary-1x)…became the fourth Yankees shortstop to hit at least 20HR in a season (Jeter-24 in 1999, 23 in 2004, 21 in 2001; Roy Smalley-20 in 1982, Tom Tresh-20 in 1962). Batted .324 (48-for-148) with 4HR vs. left-handed pitching in 2016, the third-highest such average by a lefty batter in the Majors…against left-handers over the first four seasons of his career (2012-15), hit .214 (66-for-309) with his only HR off a left-handed pitcher coming on 7/27/15 at Texas (off Matt Harrison). Hit .298 (89-for-299) with 11HR in 83 games before the All-Star break, becoming the second Yankees shortstop to hit at least 11 pre-All-Star homers (since 1933, when the All-Star Game was first played), joining Derek Jeter (4x)…with Carlos Beltrán (.299, 19HR), became the first pair of Yankees hitters to both hit at least .298 and 11HR-or-more prior to the All-Star Game since Robinson Canó (.336, 16HR) and Nick Swisher (.298, 15HR) in 2010. According to research performed by YES Network, Castro and Gregorius, both 26 years old, formed the Yankees' youngest regular starting middle infield pairing since 2B Willie Randolph and SS Bucky Dent began a three-year run in 1977, when Randolph was 22 and Dent was 25. With his 20HR and 2B Starlin Castro hitting 21HR, the duo became just the third 2B/SS combo, aged 26-or-younger, in Major League history to each hit at least 20HR, joining Houston's José Altuve and Carlos Correa in 2016 and Seattle's David Bell and Alex Rodríguez in 1999 (credit: YES Network). Batted .324 (48-for-148) with 4HR vs. left-handed pitchers, the third-highest such average by a lefty batter in the Majors…was the highest batting average by a Yankees left-handed hitter (min. 125AB vs. LHP) since Robinson Canó hit .328 (63-for-192) in 2007…hit .393 (11-for-28) against left-handed pitchers from 9/15-10/2. Hit solo HR in 4/5 Opening Day loss vs. Houston…was his first career Opening Day homer, becoming the third Yankees shortstop since at least 1913 to homer on Opening Day…Derek Jeter homered in three season openers, all of which came on the road (4/2/96 at Cleveland, 4/5/99 at Oakland and 4/1/02 at Baltimore), while Bucky Dent went deep on 4/9/81 vs. Texas at the original Yankee Stadium. Went 3-for-5 in 4/6 win vs. Houston…with Starlin Castro collecting 4H, the duo became the first Yankees starting middle infield duo to each record at least 3H in the same game since Robinson Canó and Eduardo Núñez each had 3H on 8/18/13 at Boston. Struck out six times in 99PA in May, the fewest by a Yankees player with at least 90AB in a calendar month since Robinson Canó (6K in 118PA in May 2009)…led the Majors (min. 60AB) with a 15.67 AB/K ratio) in May, the best monthly mark by a Yankee since Canó (19.00 AB/K) in May 2009…had an 11-game streak without a strikeout from 5/4-15 and an eight-game streak from 5/20-29. Reached base safely in a career-high 14 straight games from 5/12-28 (.373, 19-for-51, 8R, 1 double, 2HR, 6RBI, 4BB). In June, hit .337 (34-for-101) with 15R, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR and 18RBI in 27 games…marked his highest batting average and most hits in any calendar month of his career. Over 27 games from 6/14-7/17, batted .362 (38-for-105) with 21R, 8 doubles, 7HR and 20RBI. Hit a tie-breaking three-run HR off LHP Fernando Abad in the seventh inning on 6/16 at Minnesota…was his second career home run off a left-handed pitcher (also a two-run HR off Texas' Matt Harrison on 7/27/15 in Arlington)…was his second three-run HR in a three-game span (also 6/14 at Colorado)…with 3RBI on 6/16 and 2RBI on 6/17, recorded multiple RBI in back-to-back games for the third time in his career (first since 8/26-28/15). Hit ninth-inning two-run "walk-off" HR in 6/29 win vs. Texas, his first career "walk-off" hit…became the ninth SS in Yankees history to hit a "walk-off" HR…the others: Derek Jeter (4/5/05 vs. Boston), Gene Michael (6/23/71 vs. Detroit), Mickey Mantle (7/22/54-G1 vs. Chicago-AL - started in CF), Frank Crosetti (8/31/44-G2 vs. Washington-AL), Phil Rizzuto (4/23/41 vs. Boston), Tony Lazzeri (7/5/27 vs. Washington-AL), Ernie Johnson (7/29/25 vs. St. Louis-AL) and Roger Peckinpaugh (6/29/21-G2 vs. Boston). Hit 5HR over a 10-game span from 6/29-7/9…had an extra-base hit in a career-best five straight games from 7/6-10 (3 doubles, 2HR), the longest streak by a Yankees SS since Jeter had an XBH in five straight from 8/19-24/12. Made 3E on 7/4 at Chicago-AL, his first career multi-error game, snapping a 35-game errorless stretch (5/27-7/3). Hit a game-tying, two-run single in the eighth inning of 8/1 win at the Mets…was his seventh career game-tying or go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning or later, and his second of the season (also a "walk-off" two-run HR in the ninth on 6/29 vs. Texas)…marked his third such RBI with his team trailing, his first since 8/18/14 at Washington w/ Arizona (go-ahead two-run HR in the eighth off Jordan Zimmermann)…also hit a game-tying triple (with the Yankees trailing, 4-3) in the eighth inning of 9/6 win vs. Toronto. Batted in the cleanup spot in the starting lineup for the first time in his career in 8/13 win vs. Tampa Bay, hitting a two-run HR and going 2-for-4 with 1 double. Hit third in the starting lineup in three straight games (8/14-16), the first such starts of his career…became the first Yankees SS to start in the three-hole since Jeter on 5/18/08 vs. the Mets…since 1969, only Gregorius, Jeter (128G) and Roy Smalley (1G) have started games at shortstop while batting third in the lineup. Hit safely in a career-high 12 straight games from 8/19-31, batting .302 (16-for-53) with 9R, 5 doubles, 1HR and 7RBI over the stretch…was the longest hitting streak by a Yankee in 2016. Stole home as part of a double steal with Castro (2B) in the third inning of 8/27 win vs. Baltimore…was originally called out at home, but the call was overturned following a Yankees challenge…was the Yankees' third steal of home in 2016 and second as part of a double steal (also 6/4 at Baltimore-Ellsbury SB of home, Gardner SB of 2B). Hit a pinch-hit solo HR for Ronald Torreyes in the seventh-the second of back-to-back HRs with Ellsbury-in 9/13 win vs. Los Angeles-NL…was his first career pinch-hit HR.
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).