Sep 18, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (9) on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Padres Review: Jedd Gyorko

Jedd Gyorko burst onto the 2013 season for the Padres in a big way, producing a slash line of 0.249/0.301/0.444, along with 23 HRs, 63 RBIs, 62 Runs, and 121 hits.  Those would have been great stats for a seasoned veteran at Petco, much less an MLB Rookie with absolutely zero big league experience.  Jedd had yet to even seen the inside of an MLB Park as a September call-up prior – he belongs to that elite class of prospect whose big league time is carefully watched and metered for arbitration eligibility.  As a pure Rookie, Jedd Gyorko lead all MLB Rookies in HRs, as well as being amongst the leaders in RBIs(2nd), Runs(3rd), Hits(4th), 2Bs(3rd), and BBs(4th).  Gyorko numbers would have likely been even more impressive if not for the midseason groin strain he suffered in Mid-June.  Prior to his injury, Jedd was on a hot streak and was producing a slash line of .325/.349/.575 for the month of June.  Jedd was then sidelined from June 10 until returning on July 12.  As a rookie, it took him a bit longer to catch his rhythm again and he struggled to a tune of  0.100/.118/.100 and was virtually an automatic out for a while coming back.  Of course Jedd got back on track and rebounded but it makes one wonder what could have been.  Padres were still in contention around June before dropping of play, all coinciding with the injuries to Jedd Gyorko and Everth Caberra.

Jedd also played stellar defense at his position, notching several highlight reel plays and becoming a fan favorite.  One can see why a player of Gyorko’s caliber and potential made him such a viable option to replace Chase Headley in past years.  In fact, with other viable options at 2B in the pipeline, including former #1 pick Corey Spangenberg at 2B, one wonders if the long term viability of the Padres is best achieved by moving Chase Headley, and letting Jedd Gyorko man the hot corner.  I’d like to see the Padres try at least half a season longer with Chase as a lineup - starting with a healthy Cabrera, Venable, Gyorko, Headley, & Quentin looks and feels intimidating.

So here’s to Jedd Gyorko, and for a year very well done.  Has to be in the conversation for MLB Rookie of the Year.  Let’s hope he gives the Padres many more years of great play and continues to improve on his first one.  Fans, grab his jersey while you can.

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  • Roy Thomasson

    Jedd Gyorko was one of the best stories among the rookies in the NL. If he hadn’t lost a significant chunk of the season to injury, he would have been a strong Rookie of the Year candidate. The bat plays for certain, I and I can see him being a poor man’s Jeff Kent. I think he can grow into a .280/.325/.500 hitter, and as good as his glove has been around the infield, that’s a valuable asset to have. The makeup has been great too, a good guy to have around the clubhouse and a gamer on the field. The question with Jedd Gyorko before the season was whether he could play defense at a major league level. He’s proven that, now he needs to show that he can develop into the hitter he’s shown flashes of in the past. I think he’ll do it. I want to see him in the Padres infield for a long long time.

    • Victor

      I agree – .280/.325/.500 is def within Jedd’s reach and I would love to see him get there

      • Roy Thomasson

        I’m sure he’s going to want to go after power numbers, but what I really want to see from him and the whole squad is improved plate discipline. I want to see more walks and more deep counts. I’m tired of watching these guys strike out and swing for the fences. Wear out starting pitching, put the ball in play, and test the defense. Bud Black needs to start coaching small ball.

  • Brittany Gyorko

    Ye, cheers to you Jedd! The family and I will never be able to put in words how proud of you we are. I pray God continues to be with you and bless you with your career! I love you sooooo very much~ Good luck this hunting season back home in WV ; ) ill be back for holidays too~ cant wait to see you again loveeee you!!!!!

  • jcarraboltjc

    Looks and plays like an old time player….gritty and hard nosed. Looking forward to watching his career.

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  • MrWhamBam

    Love this kid…he’ll be playing in the big leagues for a long time. He’s what we call, “a baseball player”. This is a future All Star…and I think in short time, him, Alonso and Cashner will be the faces of the Padres.