Jedd Gyorko, post-slam (USAT Images)
OK, so we're talking about a home run in a meaningless game, hit against a pitcher who is verifiably bad at pitching. I get that. But still: JEDD GYORKO WENT DEEP.
Seattle right-hander Hector Noesi presented him with a 2-1 fastball on Friday, and Gyorko smoked it. Grand slam. Not a bad way to open the Cactus League season, if you're hoping to claim a big league job.
For those who aren't familiar with Gyorko's story, he's a 24-year-old Padres prospect who hit like a machine in the high minors last season. Gyorko began his year at Double-A and finished in the Pacific Coast League, delivering 30 homers and a .311/.373/.547 slash along the way. This spring, he's attempting to claim the second base job in San Diego — not a given, since he's spent most of his minor league career at third.
After checking out of Friday's successful spring opener, Gyorko put in a bit more work off-camera.
This from the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Gyorko retired to a back field with shortstop Everth Cabrera and Double-AA manager Rich Dauer and spent another half-hour fielding grounders and taking relays at the second-base bag.
“The day’s not over when the game ends during spring training,” Gyorko said after reaching the Padres clubhouse.
As we've mentioned a few times around here, Gyorko is a prospect of interest in all formats. Second base is basically a fantasy wasteland beyond the top-tier, so let's just hope the kid claims a job in Petco. He's off to a decent start. (Noesi, stunningly, is not).
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