Quick Hit: Some More Slow And Steady Progress From Didi

A little over a month ago, I wrote a short post discussing the upward trend in Didi Gregorius' play after his miserable first few weeks.  He had just started to hit a little better and field a little better, and while I wouldn't say there was a huge wave of support for him in the comment section, there was a general sense of "let's give him some more time and see how he does".  That was the smart and reasonable way to look at the situation at the time, so kudos to all of us who were smart and reasonable enough to do so. Here we are a month later and I'm happy to report that the slow and steady upward trend in Didi's performance has continued.  From .222/.288/.250 in early May to .238/.294/.311 today, Didi has swung the bat much better in recent weeks and has been rewarded for it.  I touched on some of the key figures that support this trend on Twitter yesterday, from the improvement in OPS:

To the drastic improvement in hard contact rate:

They all add up to a young player who is continuing to settle into his new environment and new role, and that's a very encouraging sign.  Even if you want to wave the flag on the June sample size and call bull on the results, why not take it as Didi getting a few more lucky bounces and getting rewarded for having better at-bats?  That balancing out of BABIP luck is still in line with this overall trend we're seeing with him.

Save for a few bumps in the road here and there, I think it's fair to say that Didi has further smoothed out some of the rough parts of his defensive game from what they were in the first few weeks.  I also don't watch as many games as everybody else, so I'll leave it up to those who do to comment on the legitimacy of that take.  Defensive improvements aside, It would be nice to see Didi continue this strong offensive start to June for the next few weeks to really solidify the apparent improvement.  That would be real cause for celebration and optimism.  Even if it doesn't happen, this last month has been another step forward for Didi in his attempt to become the Yankees' shortstop of the future.