If anyone thought, or possibly still thinks that Jedd Gyorko was not the right choice to make the everyday roster for the San Diego Padres, I don’t know what season they’re watching. Though his numbers might not look great right now, the impact he is about to steadily have on his team as he gains experience will win over any last stragglers that don’t think he should start.
He puts a good at-bat out there almost every time up. That is so important for a team to know one of their guys for sure is going to make the opposing pitcher show what he has working or not working on a particular night. Those little things can win games and Gyorko is naturally good at good at-bats. That isn’t to say he always gets a hit or drives in runs, but others can possibly when he doesn’t because of his method of hitting. As he gains experience I think the average will slowly begin to climb. Over time a pattern of a kid that is a very tough out is going to emerge.
Gyorko will be the guy that other teams had to see at the plate if the tying run is on third with less than two outs. He can be that kind of player. Also, as an added bonus he has already played a few positions and doesn’t let that or any slumping days get him down. Basically, if you want an idea of the kind of player the Padres have in Gyorko, picture Martin Prado in a Padres uniform. I guarantee you in a year or less he will be drawing comparisons to Prado’s tenacious style of play.