Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spring Training Wrap: 2/22/13
After a long, miserable offseason, baseball season is back. The Padres played in their first spring training game of the year, routing the Mariners by a score of 9-3. San Diego native Sean O'Sullivan tossed two scoreless innings, but the biggest story of the game was Jedd Gyorko. The second baseman walked up to the plate for his first spring training at bat of his career. With the bases loaded and a 2-1 count, Hector Noesi threw a fastball which was launched by Gyorko over the left field wall for a grand slam. He finished the day one for three, before being removed for Chris Denorfia. Here is the video of the hit.

Gyorko can be expected to win the second base job this spring, and this display of power will help explain why. The 24-year old was drafted as a 2nd rounder in 2010, the same draft that Karsten Whiston rejected the Padres bonus offer. My favorite comparison for him is second baseman Jeff Kent. Jedd's only competition for the second baseman's job is Logan Forsythe, who is taking balls in the outfield, and will likely take on a super utility role.

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