Three Padres Instantly Impress In Spring Training


The first Spring Training series is officially out of the way with the Padres finishing the first series at a 1-3 clip (including the charity game). While the early Spring Training record is off to a mediocre start, there are three players who instantly caught my eye with their premature Spring Training performances.

February 22, 2013; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (68, left) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jedd Gyoroko – In just three Spring Training games, Gyroko is making a serious case to be the Padres’ starting second baseman come Opening Day.

Gyorko made a great first impression when he took a Hector Noesi fastball over the left-center field wall for a grand slam.

Gyorko posted a .333 batting average with a grand slam, six RBIs and a .833 slugging percentage in the first Spring Training series against the Mariners.

Sean O’ Sullivan  – In an effort to try and revive his career, O’ Sullivan was tabbed as the starting pitcher for the charity game against the Mariners. His start was pretty impressive in two innings of work. He had a clean stat line throwing zeroes across the board with a strikeout.

Fautino De Los Santos  – The recently acquired De Los Santos is fighting for a roster spot, too. And in the series against the Mariners he has shown why Josh Byrnes claimed the right-handed Venezuelan off waivers. In two innings pitched,  he gave up a hit and impressively struck out three batters.

Let us know in the comment box below which Padres have caught your eye in the young Spring Training season.