Well, it’s looking pretty unfair that the Padres put Jedd Gyorko in short-season ball. Since his 0-for-4 debut, he’s 9-for-16 with five extra base hits, and he slugged his first two pro homers in last night’s game.
Now at .450/.450/.900, Gyorko is making Northwest League pitching look overmatched. Small sample, of course, but given his college dominance with the bat, I’d hazard a guess that Gyorko is more than ready offensively for the Midwest League, if not higher.
One thing to keep an eye on, though: no walks in five games for Gyorko. He’s regarded as a fairly selective hitter, so I’m not worried yet, and he’s only struck out three times, but the walks are the one aspect of hitting that hasn’t showed up yet.
Along with the debut of Donavan Tate, Gyorko’s immediate dominance is good news for a system that needs it.