Jedd Gyorko begins his second trip to Spring Training with the San Diego Padres on Friday of this week. Last season, he came to camp to compete at third base. This season, he moves to second where the Padres have a starting position open. Can he make the big leagues?
Corey Brock, who writes for the Padres, believes Gyorko will make the cut this season.
Gyorko has a good shot to make the team out of Spring Training after hitting 30 home runs and driving in 100 runs last season in the Minor Leagues. This is Gyorko’s second big league camp, and he said on Tuesday that he feels more settled for having gone through that experience a year ago.
“It’s good to get out there and get that exposure,” Gyorko said. “Last year I felt I was still trying to get to know everybody instead of really concentrating on my game. This year, I feel I know everyone. I can be more comfortable and work on my game.”
He will compete with Logan Forsyth for the starting job, and the Padres reportedly want for Gyorko to win that battle. Matt Welch, who writes for PittsburghSportingNews.com writes about why Gyorko will win the job over Forsyth.
Gyorko talks to Varsity Club director Dale Wolfley in this week’s Little General Alumni Spotlight about growing in Morgantown and his progression from playing shortstop at WVU to potentially playing 2nd base for the Padres. You can watch that video here: http://bcove.me/oay60qsk.
The Padres will only have eight full team practices before their first game of Spring Training on Feb. 22 against the Seattle Mariners.