Keep an eye on Jedd Gyorko

San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, owned in only 25 percent of ESPN leagues (65 percent on CBS Sports) has probably disappointed many owners who hoped to draft a power-average threat in the middle infield on the cheap.

Gyorko suffered an injury the last time he managed to string together a handful of successful games. He was ultimately sidelined through the All-Star Break and batted miserably in July, batting .094 (5 for 53) with 16 strikeouts and zero walks. Five hits and zero walks. That’s ghastly.

Since Aug. 1, however, he has hit three home runs — notably, two bombs in his last two games — and drawn two walks, perhaps signaling he has broken out of his funk. It has been a bumpy year as Gyorko had adjusted to the Major League pitching, but if he has truly found his stroke, he could be a nice source of power in the final weeks. I wouldn’t expect much out of him as far as batting average with his strikeout rate at a lofty 22 percent, but he did hit .321 in the minors with a manageable strikeout rate. If he manages to hit stride and prove his overall plate approach has acclimated to the big leagues, maybe a nice bump in batting average will come with the power.

However, if your middle infield has no holes to plug, Gyorko is not worth your time. But if he keeps taking balls yard, it will be hard to ignore him — and if he cleans up his strikeout rate, it will be especially so.


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