Jedd Gyorko
Jedd Gyorko
30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gyorko's improved on-base skills carried over from 2017, but his power dipped precipitously. He swatted just 11 homers, his lowest total since 2014. The drop was from a decline in HR/FB as Gyorko's flyball rate was normal, a tick below 40%. His average exit velocity and launch angle nearly matched his marks from 2017, and his hard-hit rate jumped from 30.8% to 37.1%, suggesting he was snake bit when hitting the ball in the air. Gyorko's 30 homers in 2016 are destined to be his career high, particularly now that his role on the Cardinals has taken a hit. Gyorko missed time early with a hamstring issue then late with a sore groin. He's played between 125 and 128 games the last four years. Gyorko enters the season eligible only at third base but should eventually pick up eligibility at second base. The addition of Paul Goldschmidt means Gyorko enters the year on the short side of a platoon at the keystone, so he is reserve fodder at best in mixers. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a six-year, $35 million extension in April of 2014, including a $13 million club option for 2020.
Rides pine Sunday
3BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 30, 2018
Gyorko is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.
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Gyorko has started each game since Sept. 15, but he has just a .630 OPS with no homers since then. He'll get a day off with the Cardinals eliminated from postseason contention, allowing Patrick Wisdom to start at third in his place.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .860 379 57 19 45 2 .288 .359 .501
Since 2016vs Right .767 942 102 42 128 6 .248 .320 .448
2018vs Left .919 112 19 5 11 1 .309 .393 .526
2018vs Right .702 290 30 6 36 1 .244 .328 .374
2017vs Left .975 113 16 7 17 1 .327 .381 .594
2017vs Right .763 368 36 13 50 5 .255 .329 .434
2016vs Left .735 154 22 7 17 0 .245 .318 .417
2016vs Right .836 284 36 23 42 0 .241 .299 .536
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .769 607 70 27 75 1 .255 .326 .443
Since 2016Away .814 714 89 34 98 7 .263 .335 .480
2018Home .655 186 19 6 18 0 .220 .296 .360
2018Away .854 216 30 5 29 2 .299 .389 .465
2017Home .829 232 26 9 32 1 .282 .353 .475
2017Away .798 249 26 11 35 5 .263 .329 .469
2016Home .808 189 25 12 25 0 .257 .323 .485
2016Away .795 249 33 18 34 0 .231 .293 .502
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Stat Review
How does Jedd Gyorko compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.57
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
19.2%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.154
 
AVG
.262
 
OBP
.346
 
SLG
.416
 
OPS
.762
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After Gyorko clubbed a career-high 30 homers with a 24.4 percent HR/FB in 2016, it was wise to expect some regression in 2017. Sure enough, his power fell back more in line with career levels. What wasn’t expected was a spike in batting average on balls in play (BABIP), resulting in a career-best .272 average. It’s interesting that Gyorko hit only nine doubles in 2016, as compared to 21 two-baggers with 20 homers last season. When everything evens out, Gyorko’s baseline is in between his 2016 and 2017 campaigns, though he did add a handful of steals to his ledger last year. Heading into 2017, one of Gyorko’s assets was multiple position eligibility, however he enters 2018 only good at third base. There have been rumors that the Cardinals are looking for an impact bat, possibly at the hot corner, so Gyorko could return to a super-utility role. He's never played more than 128 games and is better in NL-only than mixed formats.
At a glance, Gyorko's .243 batting average and .801 OPS may come off as fairly standard. However, he slugged 30 home runs over 128 games, resulting in an unfathomably-low 59 RBI. Most of his power was seen when facing righties, against whom he had a .536 slugging percentage opposed to a .417 mark against southpaws. After hitting just 10 and 16 home runs in 2014 and 2015, respectively, skepticism as to whether or not last season's amount of muscle can be repeated is entirely justified. Defensively, he was used all around the infield for St. Louis last season, but in 2017 he is expected to start at third base against righties and move over to second base to spell Kolten Wong against southpaws. Having never hit above .250, Gyorko's upside is almost strictly tied to his ability to hit for power, which will likely regress somewhat in 2017.
After an impressive debut with the Padres in 2013, Gyorko signed a $35 million contract extension and has failed to meet expectations. The Cardinals acquired him from the Padres in December, perhaps in part because Gyorko hit .259/.299/.440 with 13 homers in the second half of last season. While Gyorko boasted a good eye at the plate as a prospect years ago, he's walked at a 6.7-percent clip over three MLB seasons while striking out at a 23.1-percent rate. As a member of the Cardinals, he is ticketed to be a utility option around the infield with Matt Carpenter, Ruben Tejada, and Kolten Wong occupying third base, shortstop, and second base, respectively. With Jhonny Peralta out for the first half with a thumb injury, Gyorko could get some starts at shortstop occasionally when he is not occupying the short side of a second base platoon. Gyorko's versatility makes him a nice flier at the end of drafts.
Gyorko endured a sophomore slump in conjunction with a Padres offense that was historically atrocious, as evidenced by his inability to break through the Mendoza Line until Aug. 17. The late-breaking development was aided by a bout with plantar fasciitis, which spurred a stay on the disabled for the majority of June and July. However, silver linings can be found after his return to action on July 28, as consistency slowly but surely returned at the plate. Although he managed just one long ball in September, he reached base safely in 21 of 25 contests, when he slashed .267/.365/.378 with a 14:19 BB:K in 90 at-bats. With 10 homers on the 2014 ledger, he fell well short of the standard set as a rookie (23 in 486 at-bats) just one year previous, but the 26-year-old second baseman has followed a power-laden campaign with a more patient approach to end his second season, suggesting that his entire repertoire could soon rumble to the surface.
There was seemingly no place for Gyorko as he rose through the ranks of the Padres' farm system, with Chase Headley entrenched at third base. However, multiple injuries to infielders opened up second base late in spring training, and Gyorko took full advantage, quickly assimilating himself at the position and forming a steady double-play combination with Everth Cabrera. Gyorko turned in a superb showing in the field, committing just four errors en route to a .992 fielding percentage, and he further exhibited his other tools, leading all rookies with 23 home runs. His plate discipline requires ample work following 33 walks versus 123 strikeouts, but as he grows accustomed to major league pitching, his batting line could resemble his time in the minors, when he developed at every stop. Considering position scarcity, he'll garner added recognition heading into draft season.
Gyorko did some impressive work as a 23-year-old in Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson in 2012 as he hit .311/.373/.547 with 30 homers and 28 doubles over 557 plate appearances. In 2013, he appears primed for a shot at the majors as there is little left for him to prove in the minors. Defensively, he is unlikely to last at second base as scouts have nicked him for his footwork, but this shouldn't dissuade the Padres from attempting to see what he can do at the position in the short term. If he eventually ends up at third base, his stock takes a hit as that is a position where the average player hits for more power and there is Chase Headley blocking his path to everyday playing time. In an ideal world, he'll continue to hit and do so as an above average second baseman, which is what owners are banking on from the major league ready prospect.
The former 2010 second-round pick is still very much a work in progress. A shortstop in college, Gyorko was moved to third base once he joined the Padres organization, but is still having some difficulties defensively with his range. With the bat, there's potential, but he had some trouble moving from High-A to Double-A last year, as evidenced by his drop in OPS from 1.067 to .786. Still, he hit 25 home runs over the full season and led the minors in hits and doubles, which is no small feat. He makes solid contact at the plate and has quick hands, so if he can improve his all-around game, the Padres may be able to use him sometime down the road.
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Pair of hits in win
3BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 17, 2018
Gyorko went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in a win over the Dodgers on Sunday.
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Rides pine vs. Dodgers
3BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 14, 2018
Gyorko is not in the lineup against the Dodgers on Friday.
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Reinstated from disabled list
3BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 12, 2018
Gyorko (groin) was activated from the 10-day DL on Wednesday.
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Could return Thursday
3BSt. Louis Cardinals
Groin
September 11, 2018
Manager Mike Shildt said Gyorko (groin) could return from the 10-day disabled list Thursday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
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Takes swings in cage
3BSt. Louis Cardinals
Groin
September 11, 2018
Gyorko (groin) took swings in the batting cage Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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