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Padres’ Jedd Gyorko raising his stock early

Mar 1, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

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San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, made noise last season when he hit 30 home runs and drove in 100 runs between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson. MLB.com listed him as the #50 prospect overall going into the 2013 season and he just may make the Padres’ Opening Day roster if he continues hitting the way he has so far. In 18 spring at-bats, he has hit three homers and a double while driving in nine runs. The big question concerns his ability to play second base, as he was brought up as a third baseman but is, at least for now, blocked at that position by Chase Headley.

Gyorko says he feels comfortable at his new position.

”I’m having fun at second and the key is just getting better each day,” Gyorko said. ”It helps that we have an extended spring this year and I get to play a ton of games to get work in.”

25-year-old Logan Forsythe is competing with Gyorko for the job at second. In 350 trips to the plate last year, he hit .273 with six home runs and he stole eight bases as well. In a very limited showing in spring so far, though, he is hitting .231 with no extra-base hits in 13 at-bats.

Gyorko is winning, at least in the early going.

  1. calicokiller49 - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    As a padre fan, this is the most exciting thing I’ve heard all offseason, you guys jealous?

  2. icanspeel - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I hope he makes the opening day roster so he can show what he can do in the regular season since it’s a little different than spring training.

    • paperlions - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      PetCo will also be a little different than the parks he played in last year in the PCL….it’ll be interesting to see if a guy with his tools can play a decent 2B as well as if his power translates to the MLB parks.

  3. aztecperuano - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Sign him to a long term contract NOW! Before we get to watch him play for another team when he has earned more money. Love being a fan of a cheap team! I am sure he will be playing 3rd next year! CHEAP!!!!!

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