Not only did Didi Gregorius lose the Spring Training battle for shortstop but he also moved to a different position. Gregorius, who is now a member of the Triple A Reno Aces has slid over in the infield to second base. Nick Ahmed, acquired from the Atlanta Braves last year in the Justin Upton, is also a shortstop. Through the first four games of Reno’s season, it has been Ahmed at short and Didi at second. So far, the transition has worked out well for the 24-year old Gregroius, himself acquired last offseason for Trevor Bauer.
Reno is off to a 2-2 start, having split a four game series at home vs. the El Paso Chihuahuas. After going 0 for 6 in his first two games, Gregorius had two fine offensive performances, particularly in Sunday’s 9-1 victory. He went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI and made as the Reno Gazette Journal put it “a trio of spectacular defense plays at second base”. It is good to know that Gregorius’s play in the field has not suffered and if he continues to perform well at second, he has made himself more valuable both inside and outside of the organization.
With Chris Owings off to a hot start at the plate, Didi will have to wait for an injury to occur in order to return to Arizona. However, Owings has had a couple of flubs at short and if it ends up costing this team a game or two, there will be some calls to bring up Gregorius. Expect his name to be constantly brought up in trade talks throughout the season.