Aces' Gregorius Working His Way Back to the Big Leagues

By: Ben Ross - Email
By: Ben Ross - Email

Didi Gregorius is not your typical baseball player. The flashy Aces infielder is one of just ten major league players, past or present, to be born in the Netherlands.

"We've got talents everywhere," Gregorius says. "It's not just one place. There are people always trying to give their best to get signed and work their way up through the system to get to the big leagues. So for me, that's the main thing."

Gregorius spent all of last season in the big leagues with the Diamondbacks, and while starting this year in Triple-A had to be disappointing, you sure wouldn't know it from his effort and performance.

"The thing I've been most impressed with is his attitude, the way he's gone about his game," says Aces manager Phil Nevin. "He comes with a smile every day. He's playing hard, and (for) a guy in his situation, that would be difficult to do."

"I'm just trying to get better at everything," says Gregorius. "It's another day to go out here and work. For me, what happened last year, I did my best, but I'm down here (in Triple-A) so I've got to work my way to get back up there."

Gregorius is primarily known for his stellar defense at shortstop and second base, but this season he's showing he can swing the bat as well, hitting .299 with two home runs, five doubles, and two triples.

"I'm trying to get better at everything, like I said before, so I'm working on my offense too. Some people think I can only play defense, but I'm getting (at learning) what I can do and what I can't do, so I'm going to be the best hitter I can be right now... For me, for all of us having a good start right here, it's just amazing."

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