9. Jedd Gyorko, 3B/2B, San Diego Padres
Gyorko is ready to play, today
At age 24, Gyorko probably has more minor league experience than most prospects on this list. He's spent two different seasons at Double-A San Antonio, and last year between San Antonio and hitter-friendly Triple-A Tucson, he had a slash line of .311/.373/.547 with 30 bombs and 100 RBIs. Twenty-four of those 30 jacks came at Class AAA. Gyorko was taken in the second round in 2010.
The West Virginia native may have been one of the best pure hitters in the minors last year, and his stocky build (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) and thick base help him generate plus power. He isn't highly athletic and doesn't have much room to grow, but his physique will suffice. Gyorko has a short, quick swing and consistently finds the ball with the barrel of the bat when making contact. He stays extremely quiet in the box and drives the ball to all fields.
With Chase Headley hunkered down at third base, Gyorko must make the transition to the keystone in order to make an impact in the short term in San Diego. He isn't anything special defensively, though, so the transition to second may not be as easy as you'd think. Still, he's impressing with the stick in spring training and could easily break camp with the team, especially now that Logan Forsythe (plantar fasciitis) is hurt. He will make an impact at the major league level this season, but how effective he'll be is another question. PETCO Park will limit some of his power, and his numbers in the hitter's paradise of the Pacific Coast League may be somewhat deceiving. It'll be easy to overvalue him in keeper leagues, so be careful.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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