The San Diego Padres are going to need all the help they can get at several positions this season and will probably have to platoon in some areas to try and win games. Will second base be one of the positions that the Padres will platoon in 2013?
Before the start of Spring Training, no one in San Diego would have thought about a platoon at second base, but that has all changed in recent weeks. Prospect Jedd Gyorko was never guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster let alone the starting job at second, but his play at the plate is something the team may decide they cannot leave on the bench.
Gyorko has never stepped foot in the majors in the three years he has been a part of professional baseball. He finished the 2012 season in Triple-A with a .328 batting average, 24 home runs, 83 RBI, 24 doubles, four stolen bases and 62 runs scored in 408 at-bats over 92 games. There is no question the 24-year-old is determined to make the most of his opportunity with an everyday role in the big leagues firmly in his sights.
”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 earlier this spring, according to MLB.com. ”This year I’m coming in definitely more prepared, definitely ready to work to try and earn a spot.”
Logan Forsythe was the projected starter at second base coming into the 2013 Major League Baseball season, but things change and his stock appears to be falling. 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.
Gyorko has the bigger bat while Forsythe is by far the better defensive player. The Padres need both of these assets in the middle of their infield, which is why a platoon may not be too far outside the realm of reality. With that being said, the fact that Gyorko has gotten cold at the plate recently does not help his cause and could be the deciding factor of why the team sticks with Forsythe for now. Not to mention, it is not as if Forsythe does not have a good offensive game, it is just that Gyorko brings more power.
This will certainly be an interesting competition to watch during the remainder of Spring Training.