by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko is on fire after a rough start to the season.
Gyorko hit .247/.317/.323 in April but is hitting .310/.375/.586 in May. Gyorko was starting to show signs of effectiveness in late April, with eight hits in his final four games that month.
Fantasy owners may have dropped Gyorko after a poor start, but he seems to have turned things around. Gyorko is owned in 72 percent of leagues, but he's a must-add for owners who need help in the middle infield or at third base.
Jedd Gyorko with another multi-hit game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko enjoyed his third multi-hit performance in his last five games Sunday afternoon against the Nationals.
Gyorko doubled in a run in the first and singled in one more in the fifth. He finished 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI in a 13-4 victory.
Gyorko is hitting .421 (8 for 19) with six runs scored, one home run and two RBI in his last five games. He has a .272/.339/.424 slash line in 151 at-bats.
Jedd Gyorko is a stellar buy-low candidate
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/16/2013) Due to injuries and suspension, the Padres didn't get their two veteran power bats (Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin) in the lineup together until April 24. At the time, Jedd Gyorko was hitting .229. But from that day Gyorko has hit .299, with an .855 OPS, three home runs (all in May), five doubles and nine runs scored.
Before Quentin and Headley returned, the power production fell on Gyorko and Yonder Alonso. Just to throw a little more on his plate, Gyorko was playing in his first month of major-league baseball and was bouncing between third and second base (he is eligibile at both). But he has 150 plate appearances behind him, some big bats in the lineup, a steady role at second base and the chance to tap into his minor-league potential (55 home runs in 2011 and 2012 and a .319 average over 1,343 at-bats).
Gyorko's April may have turned some owners off, but he had a similar set of lineup circumstances to established slugger Giancarlo Stanton, yet never got the same, "well, his lineup sucks" excuses when he struggled early. Gyorko is owned in 67 percent of leagues but should see that number skyrocket as more Fantasy players take notice of his now-favorable situation.
Jedd Gyorko leading MLB rookies in hits
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko tied a career-high with three hits Wednesday against the Orioles. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs and one strikeout.
Both of Gyorko's three-hit games have come in May. After managing one multi-hit game in his first 17 outings, Gyorko has six multi-hit games in his last 20 appearances.
He's batting .307 (23 for 75) in that span, raising his batting average from .210 to .263. He leads all rookies with 36 hits.
Jedd Gyorko earns break amid cool stretch
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was out of the starting lineup Sunday at Tampa Bay in order to rest after going hitless in his past three games. Gyorko has started all but one of San Diego's 36 games this season, producing a .248 average with three homers, all of them during the month of May.
Jedd Gyorko snaps hit streak
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) With an 0 for 3 performance Wednesday, Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko had his hit streak snapped at five games.
While a five game streak is typically nothing to get excited about, it was a promising sign for Gyorko. Gyorko was a popular Fantasy sleeper entering the season, but a slow start has caused his ownership rates to drop slightly. Gyorko is hitting .264/.328/.413 in 121 at-bats this year. His 20.1 percent strikeout rate could limit his average, as Scott White pointed out recently, but he's shown a solid plate discipline thus far.
Jedd Gyorko looking like he belongs
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/7/2013) When Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko began his career 13 for 62 (.210) with no home runs in his first 17 games, some surmised that he might be in need of more seasoning at Triple-A or, worse yet, that he was a product of favorable hitting environments throughout his minor-league career.
While both are probably true to an extent -- a little extra seasoning couldn't hurt, and Gyorko probably isn't as good as his minor-league numbers make him appear -- the 24-year-old has shown with his recent hot streak that he's most likely here to stay. Over his last 11 games, he's batting .333 (18 for 54) with three home runs.
So what's my projection for him? While his poor plate discipline will likely keep his batting average in the .260 range, especially as he adjusts to the big-league level, Gyorko will provide more power than the average second baseman. I now rank him 16th at the position.
Jedd Gyorko getting 'comfortable' at plate
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko homered for the second straight game and third time in six May games Monday against the Marlins. Gyorko is batting .333 (18 for 54) with a .611 slugging percentage in his last 14 games.
"[I'm] comfortable -- I'm seeing the ball pretty well for the most part," Gyorko said, per MLB.com. "I've just got to put more at-bats together. I've had the one or two at-bats that have hurt me the last couple games, but other than that, my at-bats have been solid."
Jedd Gyorko swinging a hot bat
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko continued his surge as he launched his second home run of the season during Sunday's series finale against the Diamondbacks.
Gyorko took starter Ian Kennedy deep in the sixth for a two-run home run. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 5-1 victory.
Gyorko is batting .340 (17 for 50) with six doubles, two home runs and four RBI in his last 13 games. He is hitting .268 in 112 at-bats.
Move down lineup benefiting Jedd Gyorko
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) When Padres third baseman Chase Headley returned to the lineup April 17 after missing the start of the season with a thumb injury, manager Bud Black talked about Headley's return having a profound impact on the lineup. It's turned out to be true for not only San Diego's recent win-loss record, but also the development of rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko.
Gyorko was primarily hitting fifth prior to Headley's return and that seemed to put a lot of pressure on the rookie to make an immediate impact. It showed in his numbers as Gyorko was batting just .210 as of April 21 and was a big disappointment in Fantasy.
Since April 22, however, Gyorko has moved down the lineup, batting no higher than sixth and primarily seventh. The results have been great. Gyorko is batting .326 (15 for 46) with a .522 slugging percentage in his last 12 games.
This has to be a great confidence booster for the young slugger and it could allow him to move into a more favorable RBI position again down the road. For now, though, I wouldn't expect San Diego to mess with success. But as Fantasy owners, we are just glad to see Gyorko turning the corner since plenty of us probably reached for him on Draft Day since we knew he had breakout potential.
Jedd Gyorko surging at plate
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Padres third baseman Jedd Gyorko finished 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles during a 7-6 victory over Arizona on Friday night. It was his first three-hit game of the season and bumped his batting average up to .260.
Over his past 10 games, Gyorko has totaled 12 hits, including five doubles, to boost his average from .229 to .260. He also recorded his first home run of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.
Jedd Gyorko hits first long ball
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko hit the first home run of his young career on Wednesday night against the Cubs. He broke up the shutout by leading off the eighth inning with a solo shot off starter Scott Feldman.
The rookie finished 1 for 3 in the 6-2 loss.
Gyorko has gone 11 for 34 (.324) in the last nine games with three RBI.
Jedd Gyorko finally produces some runs
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Padres third basemen Jedd Gyorko ended his RBI drought Tuesday against the Cubs.
Gyorko, who did not have an RBI in his last 10 games, had a two-run double off starter Edwin Jackson in the second inning.
He also singled to finish 2 for 4 with two RBI, a run scored and a walk in the 13-7 win.
Gyorko has hit safely in seven of the last eight games and is batting .323 (10 for 31) with four doubles and two RBI over that span.
Gyorko is batting just .233 with four extra-base hits, and he is still waiting for his first home run of the season, after slugging 30 in the minors a year ago. Di Fino thinks a large part of Gyorko's slow start is the result of a lack of protection in the lineup, as the Padres were missing arguably their two best hitters for long stretches of the first month.
With Gyorko's eligibility at second and third, it makes plenty of sense for owners to hang on to him and hope it does not take too long before he adjusts to major-league pitching. His potential is worth that much.
Jedd Gyorko the only bright spot for Padres
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was the sole bright spot for the Padres Monday.
Gyorko went 2 for 4 with a double, and scored the team's only run. Gyorko has gotten off to a slow start this year, hitting .227/.307/.288.
Jedd Gyorko searching for first homer
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) After hitting 55 home runs over the past two years in the minor leagues, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko is still looking for his first home run of 2013 after 15 games.
However, Gyorko will now get to settle in at second base with Chase Headley back with the team. Gyorko played every inning of the Padres' first 15 games before being removed in the eighth inning Wednesday night, making nine starts at third base and six starts at second base and shifting from one position to the other in four games this season.
With Headley in the fold, Gyorko can focus on playing second base on a regular basis and try to improve on a .236/.328/.291 line.
Not time to abandon Jedd Gyorko
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Like many Jedd Gyorko owners, I've been disappointed with his start to the season, but I continue to preach patience with the Padres' rookie infielder. The talent is there. He's just going through some growing pains.
One reason I have a lot of faith in Gyorko is because of his patience at the plate. Here's a guy that had a .385 on-base percentage in the minors and has drawn six walks in 11 games to begin his MLB career. Gyorko is seeing first-pitch strikes at 55.6 percent, according to FanGraphs.com, so he's getting into hitter's counts. But that's where he's coming up short.
Gyorko is 0 for 2 with two walks after going up 2-0 in the count, 1 for 7 (.143) with two walks after 2-1 and 0 for 1 with three walks after 3-1. Right now, Gyorko is just being patient and drawing walks, but once he starts to be more aggressive in hitter's counts, then we should start to see Gyorko start to live up to his potential.
Jedd Gyorko collects first MLB RBI
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013)Jedd Gyorko doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for his first major league RBI, and the Padres beat the Mets, 2-1, Thursday for their first win of the season.
Dillon Gee gave up a run in the fourth inning after one-out singles by Mark Kotsay and Yonder Alonso put runners on the corners. Gyorko, who made his major-league debut Monday, pulled a 1-2 changeup over the third-base bag.
Gyorko is batting .250 (3 for 12) with two strikeouts through three games.
Jedd Gyorko shifts to hot corner
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013)Jedd Gyorko received the start at third base for the Padres Wednesday night against the Mets after playing second on opening day. He went 1 for 4 with a pair of runs scored in the 8-4 loss.
Gyorko has gone 2 for 8 (.250) through his first two games in the majors.
Jedd Gyorko still on pace to get 2B eligibility by week's end
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/2/2013) Even with the injury to Logan Forsythe causing a shakeup to the Padres' infield, rookie Jedd Gyorko still played second base on opening day, leaving his owners needing just four more appearances there to gain the valuable 2B eligibility.
Gyorko went 1 for 4 in his debut against the Mets, striking out once, doubling, and leaving four men on base. He hit .257 this spring, with five doubles and four home runs, and carried a .319 average across three years in the minors, hitting 55 total home runs in the last two seasons.
A stud in the making, if you're not a Gyorko owner, perhaps you should hope for more time exclusively at third and a string of 1-for-4 games with no power, as an owner with an itchy trigger finger may want to dump him for a flash-in-the-pan waiver wire option. It's only a matter of time -- Memorial Day, maybe? -- until he becomes a top-10 second baseman.
Padres officially select Jedd Gyorko's contract
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Padres have officially added Jedd Gyorko to the roster and purchased his contract from Triple-A, the club announced.
The move was a formality, as we've known for a few weeks that Gyorko will be in the Padres' starting lineup. He'll be shifting between second and third base until Chase Headley returns from a thumb injury, when he'll move to second base full time.
Jedd Gyorko will move around until Chase Headley returns
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) Until Chase Headley returns from a thumb injury, the Padres will shift Jedd Gyorko between second and third base, MLB.com reports.
With Logan Forsythe also injured, the Padres will use a platoon system to cover second base and third base. Against a left-handed pitcher, Gyorko will start at second base with Cody Ransom at third base. Against righties, Gyorko will start at third base with Alexi Amarista at second base. Gyorko was primarily a third baseman in the minors, as he started 223 of his 271 minor-league games there.
Jedd Gyorko all but guaranteed starting spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) With third baseman Chase Headley out to begin the season, Jedd Gyorko is all but guaranteed a starting spot for the Padres.
Gyorko was expected to win the job at second base before Headley went down. Now that Headley will miss 4-6 weeks, Gyorko and Logan Forsythe should see time at second and third.
Gyorko has produced solid numbers this spring, and has worked on making the defensive conversion to second base. While the team could move him back to third while Headley is out, it may be more beneficial for him to gain more experience at second.
What to expect from Jedd Gyorko
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (3/18/2013) Ever since CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Jedd Gyorko has essentially wrapped up the second base job for the Padres, the 24-year-old has been a popular subject of questions we've received. In upgrading his forecast for full-time play, we now have Gyorko projected for 21 home runs, 61 RBI, 64 runs and a .274 batting average.
That's not quite good enough for me to give him a 12-team mixed league auction value, as he slots in just behind Lonnie Chisenhall, Manny Machado and Matt Carpenter in the third base rankings. Bear in mind, though, that the projection is pretty conservative in terms of power. Gyorko broke out at Triple-A Tucson, which is not especially power-friendly as far as Pacific Coast League parks go, and his 92 games there could portend a better near-term future than his projections suggest. It's a stretch to draft Gyorko before the late rounds in a standard mixed league, and it's something of a gamble to take him as an endgame pick, but there is a potential payoff if you give him a shot in those formats.
Jedd Gyorko shoots up Fantasy ranks
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/14/2013) Jedd Gyorko has hit 55 home runs in the last two minor league seasons combined. His average never dipped below .300 in any of his three minor league campaigns. He also stole 12 bases in 2011. And San Diego moved the fences in at PETCO. There's really nothing not to like about Gyorko. I have two minor notes of caution, though:
1. Gyorko will start the year with only third base eligibility in Fantasy, so make sure you have another MI/2B option for the first week or two. 2. If Gyorko starts off slowly, there Padres have other options at second base, including Logan Forsythe and Alexi Amarista (assuming Everth Cabrera starts at short).
(3/13/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday that the Padres have been impressed with Jedd Gyorko so far this spring and barring something unforeseen, he will begin the year as the team's everyday second baseman. Logan Forsythe is also competing for playing time at second base. Gyorko, who played mostly third base in the minors, has gone 10 for 37 (.270) with three homers and nine RBI through 14 Cactus League games.
Gyorko hits another one out
(2/26/2013) Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko had another impressive day at the plate in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Reds. He came on in the eighth inning and launched a solo homer off Wilkin De La Rosa for his third homer of the spring. Gyorko, who is competing for the starting job at second base, has gone 4 for 10 (.400) with nine RBI and a 1.300 slugging percentage through four games.
Gyorko grand in spring debut
(2/22/2013)Jedd Gyorko received the start at second base for the Padres in Friday's spring opener against the Mariners. He wasted little time making an impact as he hit a grand slam in his first at-bat and finished 1 for 3 in the 9-3 win. Gyorko is competing for the starting job at second base this season. I thought Jedd looked good offensively and good in the field, manager Bud Black told the U-T San Diego. He had a couple good swings, including the ball he flew out on. And he fielded ground balls to both side and two hit right at him.
Gyorko familiar with new position
(2/19/2013) Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko has spent most of his minor-league career playing the hot corner but will be give a chance to win the starting job at second base during the spring. He played 47 games at second base between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson last season and also manned the position before his pro career. "I played a full season at second base in college [at West Virginia University] and I pretty much grew up a second baseman, even when I was younger," Gyorko told MLB.com. "[I] had a whole winter to get used to it as well, and I have great coaches to teach me the ropes there."