BLUF: Very good offensive potential should mask defensive shortcomings at either second or third.
The Player: Jedd Gyorko (3B/2B, San Diego Padres) – Gyorko was a second round pick of the Padres in 2010 and even coming out of college, there was little question he could hit. In 68 games during his debut summer, Gyorko hit .302/.372/.444 across short-season A-ball and Low-A. The Padres moved him to High-A to start the 2011 season and he raked with a .365/.429/.638 line in the California League before stumbling a bit with a .288 average and 19 extra-base hits in 59 Double-A games. Gyorko agains struggled at Double-A to start 2012, hitting just .262 with ten extra base hits in 24 games before his promotion to Triple-A. Once with Tuscon, Gyorko torched the PCL with a .328/.380/.588 line that included 24 doubles and 24 home runs.
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Body (5-10, 195): Smaller, muscular body. Physically mature with little projection. Lacks prototypical MLB body. Not a bad body, just doesn’t impress. Good strength and good conditioning. Not highly athletic. Fringy physicality overall.
Hit: Short, quick swing with consistent load and overall mechanics. Very barrel aware and makes easy contact as a result. Uses entire field and can drive all types of pitching. Very balanced in the box, rarely working outside his known capabilities. Changes hitting approach (shortens up, tries to move ball around, etc.) with count and game situation. Savvy hitter and very instinctual. Can turn around velocity. Excellent hitter that has .300 potential. Grade – 60/70
Power: Strong swing with good bat speed but lacks power projection. More of a line drive, gap-to-gap hitter with plenty of doubles power. Should max out with average home run power. Lacks physical projection or required swing development to project additional power down the line. Power should play well in home park and should manifest quickly at the big league level. Grade (raw power) – 50/50
Arm: Nothing flashy. Can get the ball across the diamond on a line with good accuracy and also has enough arm strength on the pivot at second base. Basic average arm. Grade – 50/50
Fielding: Not good at either position. Actions are not fluid and lacks athleticism to project improved fluidity and grace in the field. Fringy hands. Doesn’t always catch the ball cleanly. Can struggle with transfer and footwork is often messy. Needs to settle into a position and quit being bounced back and forth. Glove won’t be average at either spot, but consistent reps could help lead to slightly more consistent play. Still needs significant defensive development. Below-average ceiling. Grade – 30/40
Speed: Poor runner home to first. Doesn’t project to maintain minimal present speed. Lack of speed manifests on the bases and in the field. Grade – 30/20
Summation: Legit prospect because of offensive capabilities. Has natural feel for hitting and very good instincts for required adjustments. Should continue to hit for a long time. Has potential to hit .300 with gap power and average home run power. Potential two-hole hitter for a team that looks past his lack of base running ability. Bad runner without projection to improve. Glove isn’t pretty but if he hits, it won’t matter. Lack of range makes second base a difficult projection. Could handle third base. Many actions are unorthodox but can work at a sufficient level given his offensive capabilities. Solid regular because of bat and as long as he hits, deficiencies will be forgiven.
Relative Risk: Low. No doubting offensive abilities and MLB teams will find a place for his bat.
Future: Very little left to prove at the minor league level. If the Padres move Chase Headley, Gyorko could assume the third base job and hit enough to compensate for his still developing glove. Regardless of Headley’s presence or absence, Gyorko should reach the big leagues early in 2013.