Jedd Gyorko had a fairly quiet night at the plate on Monday for Double-A San Antonio, going 1-for-4 with a double, but the bigger news was when he took the field at a new position, second base. It was his second straight day at second base after getting a few innings there on Sunday.
Gyorko, 23, played second base and shortstop during his college career at West Virginia, but his frame and below-average speed made third base seem like a more natural fit, and the Padres promptly moved him to the hot corner after picking him in the second round in 2010. Before Sunday, Gyorko had made only one appearance at second base as a pro, starting a game there for low Class A Fort Wayne in July 2010.
The Padres don’t lack for quality young third basemen, with Chase Headley in the majors and James Darnell in Triple-A, in addition to Gyorko at Double-A. Second base would present Gyorko a clearer path to the majors, if he can handle it. Of course, he still has to get his bat going as well, since his .238/.351/.365 line after 63 at-bats isn’t beating down the door to San Diego. Still, there’s little doubt about his potential as a line-drive, high-average hitter, but the position change adds a different wrinkle.