Last season and coming into this spring training, the San Diego Padres starting second baseman was Logan Forsythe. Not that he went out and blew up the league or anything, but he was the second baseman for the majority of the games. The depth chart still shows Forsythe’s name on top at second base on the Padres official site. That is no longer the case. Now the job appears to belong to Jedd Gyorko.
Coming into this spring, Gyorko was a promising third base prospect that had played zero games in the majors as of yet. Obviously Chase Headley figures to be the third baseman for a while for the Padres. That meant that Gyorko needed to learn a new position if he planned to make the Padres team. He did exactly that. Gyorko, who had played at second for only 48 minor league games, made the transition as well as anyone could. He has zero errors and has made stellar plays defensively. Offensively he has shown out as well.
The result of all of the hard work he has put in is that Gyorko now appears to be the starting second baseman. I think Forsythe, once he is fully healthy; will still have a role with the Padres. It just won’t be starting second baseman. With Headley possibly being sidelined for a couple of weeks with a jammed thumb, Forsythe might see time at third. No matter what they do with Forsythe, Gyorko has probed that prospects can really win every day jobs in the major leagues if they play well enough. Now all Gyorko has to do is go out and keep it.