2014 Padres Year In Review: Jedd Gyorko
By Jason Evans
If anyone is the example of the sophomore jinx in 2014, it was Padres’ second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko was limited to just 111 games last season and compiled a .210/.280/.333 with 10 homers and 51 RBI and STILL LEAD THE TEAM IN RBI. Gives you an example on how inept the offense was. Gyorko hit .267 in September, but only hit one homer and drove in six after driving in 15 in August.
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The big question on Gyorko is where does he play in 2015? Is he at second base or does he go back to his more natural position of third since Chase Headley isn’t walking through that door? Cory Spangenberg can play either second or third as well as he’s emerging as one of the top prospects in the organization.
It’s important for the Padres to figure out Gyorko’s spot ASAP. That way Gyorko can get himself prepared and ready defensively for 2015.
Gyorko got a nice contract extension and is clearly a building block for the Padres future. While 2014 wasn’t exactly the best year for him, Gyorko should improve on those numbers in 2015.
Gyorko needs to also work on his hitting in the off-season. He needs to get that OBP up and make better contact. Hopefully with better players on the Padres, Gyorko’s numbers can increase.