Jedd Gyorko, the second baseman of the San Diego Padres might be exactly the right fit.
In his rookie campaign, Gyorko, who will turn 25 in September, is batting .262. The right-handed hitter has collected eight home runs and 17 doubles, and he missed about a month of the season while on the DL. Gyorko bats .280 with a .520 slugging percentage off left-handers, so he’d make an excellent platoon partner for Eric Sogard.
However, his minor league numbers suggest that he will amount to more than that. Gyorko was drafted in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of West Virginia University, and in 2011, his first full season as a professional he launched 25 home runs.
Last year he hit 30 home runs in 126 games between Double-A and Triple-A. At the end of the 2012 season, Baseball America tabbed him as the third best prospect in the Padres system and the 71st best in all of the minor leagues. So, clearly Gyorko is a well-thought of player.
The only real knock has been his glove, as some have suggested he might ultimately settle at third base.
It’s unclear exactly what type of demands the Padres would have, but the team currently occupies the cellar in a very poor NL West and should at least be willing to listen. Plus, if the Athletics were to dangle one of their young starters that would be an excellent start to the discussion.