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Jedd Gyorko bursted onto the scene as a rookie second baseman for the Friars in 2013 and walloped his way to a .249/.301/.444 slash with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs in 125 games. Today, the Padres locked Gyorko up with a six-year/$35 million extension with a club option for the 2020 season.
Gyorko is also a talented fielding second baseman. He posted a .992 fielding percentage in 2013 and frequently flashes the leather with web gem worthy plays.
The Padres drafted Gyorko 59th overall in the 2010 MLB Draft after his junior year at West Virginia University. He absolutely demolished every level of minor league ball and continued posting power numbers in the majors in 2013 as his average took a tumble.
As Gyorko adjusts to major league pitching, his average will most likely rise. He will have an opportunity to become one of the elite second baseman in the game while a member of the Padres.
With Gyorko locked up, the Padres are closer to securing a solid infield for the coming years. There are still question marks, especially when it comes to Chase Headley. However, Yonder Alonso has been a solid hitter in the majors and Everth Cabrera is off to a hot start batting .347.
Despite Headley’s slow start, there is no doubt he will begin hitting.
Gyorko has a bright future in Major League Baseball, so this is a great deal for everyone involved. In addition, it is great seeing the Padres shell out the big bucks to keep their talent in San Diego. The Friars hit a home run with this signing!
Clip from today’s press conference. Got to love the GM and Skipper calling Gyorko a “baseball player.”