Padres Thankfully Did Not Part With Prospect Jedd Gyorko

When I read the news about the Marlins’ recent acquisition of Placido Polanco I did not think much of the move.  The Marlins are currently doing their best “Early ’90s Padres” impression in terms of their recent payroll slashing/”firesale” activities, and they needed somebody to play Third Base during the upcoming season.  So with a veteran like Polanco available and on the cheap (1 year, $2.75 Million plus incentives), I was not shocked.

The Marlins were apparently interested in trading for Jedd Gyorko. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

But when I read Jayson Stark’s column on ESPN.com about the players Miami tried to acquire before they ultimately signed the 37 year-old veteran I was happy with one aspect of the signing: Miami was unable to trade for San Diego’s prized Infield prospect Jedd Gyorko.

I am personally relieved that the Friars did not part with a talented player like Gyorko.  Although Miami likely tried to lure the Starting Pitching-hungry Padres to give up Gyorko for help in the aforementioned department, San Diego’s Front Office was wise not let their #2 rated prospect (according to MLB.com) go elsewhere.

Although the Padres could definitely use an extra arm or two to bolster their Starting Staff this season, it would have made zero sense for them to unload a player like Gyorko.  Although the Padres improved offensively towards the tail end of last season, they still finished 24th in Runs Scored (651 Runs) and 22nd in Team Batting Average (.247) and will need all the help they can get at the plate if they are serious about making postseason pushes beginning around 2014.

Gyorko has been as consistently effective as one can get during his Minor League career at the plate, and had himself quite the fantastic year during his stint with Triple-A Tucson last year.  Over 92 Games, Jedd hit .328 (121 for 369) with 24 Doubles, 24 Home Runs, and drove in 83 Runs.  What was even more impressive was the fact that the Infielder recorded a .380 On-Base Percentage and put up a stellar .588 Slugging Percentage.

Besides his productivity at the plate, the biggest reason why I am glad that the Padres held on to Gyorko is because figures to be such an important cog in the team’s current rebuilding attempts.  If the Padres do indeed decide to keep 2012 Gold Glover and 2012 N.L. RBI Champion Chase Headley as their long-term Third Baseman, the Padres will instantly upgrade the middle of their Infield and the middle of their lineup with a player like Gyorko at their disposal.  But if the Friars are instead inclined to trade Headley or let him walk when he becomes a Free Agent after the 2014 season, Gyorko has played Third Base for much of his Minor League career and would likely be given first crack at filling Headley’s shoes if he is traded or leaves via Free Agency.

 

Final Thoughts

Am I pleased with the way that San Diego’s Front Office has taken what appears to be a less-than aggressive attitude towards some of the team’s biggest needs (i.e. Starting Pitching)?  No, not really.  I mean, I hope that Tyson Ross and Jason Marquis can contribute to the Starting Staff in a helpful manner this year.  Plus, there is still time for the team to acquire some Starting Pitching over the next two months, no matter how thin the market is now.

But when I read the news that the franchise did not part with Gyorko in a trade with Miami I was nevertheless happy to see that the team had their future in mind with regards to their current “Headley/Middle Infield” situations.  Hopefully Gyorko will begin to make some contributions early and often at the Major League level this season, because the Friars could definitely use a hitter like him in the lineup.

 

 

Stats & Contract Information Courtesy of: Baseball Reference

Topics: Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

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  • http://www.facebook.com/priceperhead1 Jake Richards

    Great choice. These players are a fortress in the field. There are reservations in some case but the opportunity is important..Success for next 2013.

    Very appropriate..Great choice!!!Success for next 2013

  • padresgm

    If the Padres traded Gyorko for a starter, it wouldn’t be Nolasco!

  • CosmicBellboy

    No chance Gyorko sticks at 2B. Most likely scenario is him at 3B while Headley going back to LF.

    • padresgm

      You are crazy, remember Gyorko played SS in college and plays an average 2B right now. His bat profiles really well as a 2B. Chase Headley is one of the best 3B in baseball defensively (and offensively)

      • CosmicBellboy

        I think you need to follow the Padres system or Gyorko more closely if you assert that Gyorko can stick at 2B. Read any scouting report done on him and you’ll find that he does not have the body to competently play 2B. It’s not even about his bat (which profiles nicely anywhere) – but when you have limited range due to having slow footwork and a heavy build, it’d be a better bet to leave Gyorko at 3B and have Headley move back to LF.

        • padresgm

          If you think I need to follow the Padres system more, it is a shame that I am physically unable to follow more.

          I have heard he is better than expected at 2B, and I’d rather have this:

          Quentin LF – far below defense
          Venable RF – Very good defense
          Gyorko 2B – slightly below average
          Headley 3B – Gold Glove, best in baseball arguabley

          than

          Gyorko 3B – average
          Headley LF – HORRIBLE
          Quentin RF – HORRIBLE
          Forsythe 2B – below average

          Headley and Quentin in the OF would be unthinkable, PETCO is still huge with a huge OF and Maybin can’t cover that much ground. If I were Headley and moved from my natural position of 3B for a rookie after he did what he did, I’d say no to any sort of extension. I have heard several sources state Gyorko would be good at 2nd, and played there for a lot of the season in Tuscon.

          After Chase Headley put up on of the better seasons he has ever put up, you would have to be nuts to move him. Remember, last time he was moved to LF he took a step back offensively and had looked like a statue in left.

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          • Rotoballs

            Some interesting comments. Both of you are right in some way. Ideally, the Padres would play Gyorko at third, but as long as Headley is on the team, he’s got the hot corner. Gyorko likely to either platoon with Forsythe at 2B or start the season as a back up INF. Gyorko’s bat will work nicely anywhere (never understood this argument of hitting skills translating to fielding position anyway), but his fielding skill set, over a large period of time, will expose him as a mediocre 2B. He did fine in the minors, but he lacks range.

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          • padresgm

            From all that I have heard, he will get the starting job. There would be no way that they would let such a good prospect rot on the bench.