Originally Posted by Superdude
Why do you feel different about him after this season? He had a decent year, but it was pretty much in line with what I would've expected.
A big part of it is that AA loomed as a potential cliff for Gregorius. It's a level where a lot players who are just good enough in A ball get exposed. Instead he managed to play well in AA (and at a relatively young age for the circuit).
Another part is outside evaluators are starting to give Gregorius some mention as being a legitimate prospect. He's making league top 20 lists for the first time in his career. He's turning some heads.
One thing that frustrates me about him is his low SB totals. It's rare to see a player with triples speed be such a poor base stealer. I've got to believe that could be cured with some instruction and a little offseason work.
The thing I'll be looking for from Gregorius next season is his doubles totals. That will probably be the best indicator, outside of his OB, that he's making progress with his bat.
And count me as one in favor of platooning at any position, even SS. If Gregorius hits RHPs better than Cozart and Cozart hits LHPs better than Gregorius, then let them share the position. The other one gives you IF depth off the bench (e.g. defensive replacement for Frazier at 3B), meaning you don't have to carry a Wilson Valdez. Gregorius needs to play well in AAA before this becomes an issue, but I'm not seeing a downside in boosting the offense and depth at SS.