Anyone with a tad of Major League Baseball viewing experience could have seen Jedd Gyorko’s rookie campaign being a success two months before he started it, if not earlier. This guy has all the tools and the San Diego Padres are a great team for his skill set to fit absolutely perfectly into. That has shown during his rookie season at the MLB level as he has definitely shined brightly. Unfortunately injuries and strong seasons by competitors have ensured him unlikely to win Rookie of the Year.
He will be in the top few vote getters but honestly he cannot be placed above all of the other cast of National League rookie characters. Yasiel Puig is not even the best of the bunch for all the press he gets. Evan Gattis will be difficult to beat since his awesome numbers have come along with him missing some playing time here and there. Whatever the final vote tally, Gyorko need be nothing other than proud.
His .244 average could be better but it resulted in 18 home runs, 25 doubles and 48 RBI to this point. Those numbers will get a little boost going forward. He might even get second place in the rookie voting but he really should plan on being a runner-up at best behind whoever gets the nod from the majority of the voting parties. Regardless, the Padres thought they had a great young player and they can feel confident going forward that yes, they absolutely do.