Everybody knows Jedd Gyorko can hit. His time at various levels of professional baseball speak to that. In just over two years since being drafted out of the University of West Virginia, Gyorko’s posted a .319 average, slugged .529, and blasted 62 homers during his climb from A to AAA.
Now, the 24-year-old is ready to break ground on his Major League career. And the Padres, desperate for added pop in a pedestrian lineup, want to return the favor. But for the match to be made, Gyorko, primarily a third baseman to this point, has to make the transition to second.
“We have some great coaches that are teaching me the ropes, getting me a lot of reps at second base,” Gyorko said. “It’s kind of a blessing that I have a little bit of an extended spring this year, so I can definitely get some extra work in there.”
Spring is a time for instruction and repetition. For Gyorko, the goal is perfection.
“Just taking a lot of reps, catching a lot of ground balls, working on my pivots, guys throwing to me so I can work on turning the double play,” Gyorko said. “I’m trying to get used to working around the bag and get used to the ball coming off at a different angle.”
It’s only March 5, but Padres manager Bud Black likes what he sees.
“Jedd’s doing fine. We’ve seen very steady, dependable work through drills. We’ve seen it correspond into games,” Black said.
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San Diego Union-Tribune | Mar 6