Will Jedd Gyorko Make San Diego Padres Opening Day Roster?

By Michael Terrill
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres still do not know who their starting second baseman will be for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Not only does Jedd Gyorko have a chance at making the Opening Day roster, but is it possible that he could win the second base starting job?

Gyorko has never stepped foot in the majors in the three years he has been a part of professional baseball. He has moved up the ranks in the minors and finished the 2012 season with the Tucson Padres in Triple-A. In 92 games there, he batted .328 with 24 home runs, 83 RBI, 24 doubles, four stolen bases and 62 runs scored in 408 plate appearances.

The 24-year-old crushed a grand slam in San Diego’s 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in Friday’s Spring Training game. One of the organization’s top prospects is beginning to come into his own as he is determined to win a spot on the Padres 25-man roster.

”Last year was my first time, I didn’t really know anybody so obviously I was trying to introduce myself more than try to work and get better,” Gyorko said. ”This year I’m coming in definitely more prepared, definitely ready to work to try and earn a spot.”

Logan Forsythe is the projected starter at second base this season, but that does not mean he has it in the bag without some competition first. The second-year player had a solid performance in 2012 in which he batted .273 with six homers, 26 RBI, 13 doubles and eight stolen bases in 315 at-bats. His .313 batting average and .493 slugging percentage last season at Petco Park is the highest single-season average in the history of the franchise. It would be rather surprising if Forsythe was not named the starter, but stranger things have happened.

Even if Gyorko does not win the starting job, it does not mean that he will not contribute to the team. I believe it is fair to assume he will play a significant role this year, as he is capable of being a great defensive asset at second and third base. Not to mention, he has proven that he can handle a bat.

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