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Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Didi Gregorious this week. Gregorious was called up when fantasy sleeper and potential stud at second base Aaron Hill was sent to the 15-day DL with a broken hand.
According to Yahoo Sports, Gregorious will be an everyday player right off the bat in Arizona, which skyrockets his value over other short stop prospects who may be considered more talented. MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo ranks Gregorious the No. 10 prospect at shortstop this season.
What makes Gregorious more valuable than the nine players ranked before him by Mayo is that Gregorious is exceeding expectation and cracking the major leagues much earlier than expected and long before those other nine players will.
As previously mentioned the pool for superstar shortstops is especially small compared to other positions, and Gregorious has the tools to make him a valuable player through April until Aaron Hill makes his return from the disabled list.
As often happens in fantasy baseball, this early season period is where the savviest owners use the waiver wire to improve their teams at middle infield positions like SS where they failed to draft a star athlete.
Gregorious has a good pedigree as he was called up last year by his former team the Cincinnati Reds late in the year and in eight games scored one run, knocked in two and hit for a .300 average in 21 plate appearances. Needless to say Gregorious did not get enough reps to showcase his true talent and potential for the Reds before getting traded in December's three-way trade involving the Diamondbacks, Reds and Indians.
However, Gregorious showed more pop for the Reds' Triple-A affiliate by hitting .243/.288/.427 and blasting six home runs and 23 RBI in 48 games and 202 plate appearances. Gregorious has since followed suit in the Diamondbacks' Triple-A system by hitting two home runs and two RBI, while scoring seven runs and hitting .327/.424/.625 in seven games and 33 at bats.