On Tuesday, the Diamondbacks took part in a three-team, nine-player trade that netted them Reds shortstop Didi Gregorius, among other players. According to Arizona general manager Kevin Towers, Gregorius reminds him of a "young Derek Jeter."
But while several big names (including Shin-Soo Choo, Drew Stubbs and others) were part of the deal, it was Reds prospect Didi Gregorius who had Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers most excited.
"When I saw him, he reminded me of a young Derek Jeter," Towers said on a Tuesday night conference call.
Whether Gregorius ever lives up to those lofty expectations or not, he was the center-piece of the trade for Arizona, which has been searching for a shortstop all off-season.
Gregorius comes to Arizona off a solid 2012 season, which saw him make two separate minor league stops before eventually getting 20 at-bats as part of Cincinnati's big league club. During 2012, Gregorius hit .278 at Double-A Pensacola and .243 at Triple-A Louisville, before ending the season in Cincinnati with the Reds. There, Gregorius had six hits in 20 at-bats.
However, it was Gregorius' defense that had Towers most impressed, and where the Jeter comparisons were made.
Here is more from Towers, via his press conference transcript:
"I was fortunate enough to see Jeter when he was in high school in Michigan," Towers said. "He's got that type of range."
He was rated by MLB.com as the Reds No. 5 prospect during the 2012 season.