Padres News: Down On The Farm-Second Base
By James Clark
Even though Jedd Gyorko is the incumbent at second base and signed long term, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the San Diego Padres minor league second base options. Gyorko should be in a Padres uniform for years to come, but it’s always fun to take a look at what the Padres have in the farm system
Some in the organization think Gyorko might be better suited for third base. So a switch to that position could be in store for the 26-year old from West Virginia. He is a little stiff at second, but has flashed some real quickness to the ball. I think a move to third would benefit the Padres defensively.
Will Midddlebrooks was brought in to win the third base job, but if he struggles, Gyorko could be a viable option. If say Jedd Gyorko would have to move to third, then that leaves the likes of Yangervis Solarte and Alexi Amarista (provided San Diego has a reliable starter at shortstop already) to play second base. Or they could even look outside the organization for a speedy, top of the order type hitter.
The following five players give you an idea of what kind of talent is available down on the farm. The Padres have a guy who has already been up with the Padres. A local kid, with impressive minor league numbers. They also have a former top prospect in another organization who is almost major league ready, maybe. Lastly the Friars have two young second baseman, who both started with the Padres organization as teenagers.
Second base is not a position of real weekness in the Padres organization. They have decent prospects at all levels of the system, and with Gyorko in the Majors they have no immediate need.