February 22, 2013; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (68, left) hits a grand slam in front of Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero (63, right) during the first inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Gyorko homers again, continues to impress

Top prospect Jedd Gyorko is putting on a clinic in Spring Training so far this spring. He homered again today in a pinch-hit appearance in the 8th inning during a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

This off-season, the Padres have had high hopes for Gyorko. He’s expected not only to make the roster, but there’s a big chance he could start at second base. The Padres have said that if he can produce at second base, then the job is essentially his. Well, in case you missed it, here’s his stats so far this spring: 4 games, 4 hits, 3 home runs, 9 RBI’s, .400 BA, 1.300 SLUG, 1.700 OPS.

Last season in Spring Training, he appeared in 22 games and hit 2 doubles and 1 home run and produced 9 RBI’s. He’s already beat those stats through just four games this season.

And then there’s his fielding. He’s started two games at second base so far and has yet to record an error. He has 4 putouts and 9 assists in 13 total chances in 15.0 innings. He has a range factor of 4.33. Last year, Aaron Hill led the league with a 4.908 range factor, so Gyorko’s above average in that respect.

Gyorko’s only viable competition is Logan Forsythe. Forsythe has had 6 at-bats in 2 games. He hasn’t recorded a hit yet this spring. Alexi Amarista is another option. He’s batting .273 with a double and 3 RBI’s, but when he’s been on the field this spring, it’s been in the outfield.

The Padres are hoping that Gyorko continues his hot streak and carries it over into the season. If he does, he could become one of the best bats in this line-up and give Chase Headley some protection.

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