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By Gabriel Baumgaertner
October 05, 2017

The "Baby Bombers" of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have rightfully received plenty of attention heading into the Yankees ALDS showdown with the Cleveland Indians, but Gregorius might be the player that best stabilizes one of baseball's most fearsome offenses. Gregorius quietly compiled a career season in his fifth full year in the big leagues, setting career highs in batting average (.287), home runs (25), and OPS+ (106) over 136 games. Add in his strong defense at shortstop and there's an argument that outside of Judge, Gregorius is the most indispensable player to the Yankees current lineup. Gregorius launched a crucial three-run homer off of Twins starter Ervin Santana in the AL Wild Card Game to erase an early 3–0 deficit to make his early mark. If he continues his career season into the playoffs, he'll be an essential piece to the Yankees making a deep run.

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