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Since entering the Reds’ system, Gregorius has consistently moved at a two-level-per-year pace, and reached Double-A in 2011 as a 21-year-old. A left-handed hitter, he posted a .717 OPS with 39 extra-base hits (seven home runs), 54 RBI and 80/41 K/BB in 129 games between Double- and Triple-A.
The Reds promoted Gregorius to the major leagues when the rosters expanded on Sept. 1, and the 22-year-old responded favorably by hitting .300 (6-for-20) in eight games. He’ll likely never hit for that high of an average over a full season, but if his hit tool continues to develop as expected, Gregorius could be a .260-.275 hitter in the major leagues.
Defensively, he has excellent tools and actions at shortstop, though his range is only average. While the team’s current shortstop, Zack Cozart, may offer more power and slightly better defense, Gregorius makes considerably more contact and profiles more as a top-of-the-order hitter.
It’s doubtful that the Reds will carry both of them on the active roster in 2013, so expect one of them to be traded this winter. Considering Cozart’s success (kind of) this season as the team’s everyday shortstop, my guess is that they opt to part with Gregorius.