San Diego Padres’ Future Rests On Shoulders Of Jedd Gyorko
Jedd Gyorko may be the San Diego Padres newest hope.
As of the morning of June 4, 2013, Gyorko leads all rookies in hits this season, at 57. The next closest are Pete Kozma of the St. Louis Cardinals and A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks, both with 47 hits. Gyorko is also tied for second in RBI’s by a rookie with Kozma at 21. In addition, he also has the second most home runs by a rookie this year (6, all hit in May) only beaten by Evan Gattis of the Atlanta Braves (12 HR’s).
Drafted by the Padres in 2010, Gyorko has spent the last three seasons rising from Single A on up to Triple A ball. In 2012 alone, he managed a .311 average with 30 HR’s in 126 games.
He made his major league debut for the Padres on April 1st, 2013. His entrance was no joke. He hit a double off of New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese.
In May of 2013, he tied the Padres rookie record for home runs in a month (6). In his last 10 games, he has 11 hits, 5 RBI’s, and a .256 average. Not the most stellar of performances, but for his first season in the Majors, Gyorko is quietly making a name for himself.
Defensively, he’s spent this season bouncing between second and third base (where he covered for Chase Headley (who was on the DL at the start of the season), but has been making a comfortable home at second with only 1 error and 87 putouts.
The Padres can use a young player like Gyorko if they want to make a push before the All-Star Break. He could be the difference in getting them back into the fight in the NL West, or provide the Padres with some trade leverage if they decide to go for more pitching.
Or, they may decide its preferable to build a team around Headley, Gyorko, and Will Venable.
Right now, Gyorko is giving the Padres plenty of reason to want him to stay.