Didi Gregorius was called “a young Derek Jeter” a couple of summers ago by former Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers and now that the 24-year-old shortstop is actually going to be playing in pinstripes — via last week’s three-team trade — the pressure is on him to in some ways meet that hype.
A number of people don’t see Gregorius coming close. This bit of dirt comes from Bob McManaman, senior sportswriter for the Arizona Republic …
Gregorius is a pleasant and polite young man, but he’s also quiet, introverted and has shown he can be a little mentally fragile when things aren’t going his way.
“He lets too many things get to him,” an ex-teammate said. “Didi, sometimes he just thinks too much, you know?”
“He always seems to have a lot on his mind,” former manager Kirk Gibson liked to say.
They’re going to eat him alive in New York.
“He’s OK,” an unnamed scout told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News on Saturday. “Solid defender, bat is light – long swing. Good athlete. Nervous type, not sure he can handle NY.”
So, uh … good luck, kid.