At a glance, Jedd 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.
Gyorko went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays. He continues to swing a hot bat, piling up nine hits (including three doubles, a triple and a homer) over his last four games to push his slash line on the season to .340/.415/.660. Gyorko's .419 BABIP is unsustainable, but he should continue seeing regular at-bats even after he cools down with Jhonny Peralta (illness) on the shelf.
Gyorko is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers. Despite the fact that he's swinging a hot stick (six hits in his last three games), Gyorko will get the day off Sunday against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers. In his absence, Greg Garcia will draw the start at third base.
Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a run in Friday's 6-3 win over the Brewers. Gyorko was named the primary third baseman by manager Mike Matheny earlier in the week and has validated that designation thus far in spectacular fashion. The 28-year-old infielder has gone 5-for-9 with two doubles, a solo home run, a walk and three runs in the subsequent two games, bringing his 2017 line to an impressive .316/.395/.632 over his first 43 plate appearances. As per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Friday also marked Gyorko's first time in the cleanup spot this season, and his willingness to be deployed anywhere in the order has endeared him to manager Mike Matheny. "It's not like I need to have one spot. It's more based on how you're playing than anything. If I'm swinging the bat well enough, I know I'm going to be in the lineup somewhere. It doesn't matter to me where I am. 'Skip' (manager Mike Matheny) is not going to put you out there just because he feels you want to be out there. It all comes down to who's producing."
Gyorko busted out a 3-for-3 performance Thursday against the Brewers, launching a home run, notching a pair of doubles, scoring two runs and drawing a walk. The Cardinals' new primary third baseman hadn't collected a hit since April 16, but with Thursday's huge game, he raised his OPS up to a strong 1.032 mark. Gyorko is the embodiment of a feast-or-famine hitter, but outings like these give him some intrigue, especially now that he has a path to fairly consistent playing time.
Gyorko sits atop the depth chart at third base, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports. He is hitting just .226, but thanks to an 11.4 percent walk rate and two home runs in 35 plate appearances, he has been an above-league-average hitter (111 wRC+). The move atop the depth chart has more to do with Jhonny Peralta's struggles than Gyorko's success. When the Cardinals face a tough righty, look for Greg Garcia to get the nod at the hot corner, with Matt Carpenter also a potential option for at-bats at third base if Gyorko and/or Garcia start slumping.