"The cage and the BP work are good," Gyorko said. "Now, I've just got to find a way to take it into the games."
Gyorko has just six hits in 32 at-bats this spring while striking out 16 times, and a National League scout said recently that his front hip is coming up early in his setup, causing a longer and slower swing, and that he might not be picking up pitches as well as he has in the past. He's been working with the team's hitting coaches to keep his hips closed but hasn't been completely successful.
"I know they've worked on a number of things, things that are going to help in the long term. But there are no quick fixes in this game. You got to work at it," manager Bud Black said. "We have got a number of guys that are working on a few things that [hopefully] in two weeks' time things will smooth out and we'll see results. But if you've been in this game long enough, you know that spring training results can be misleading."
"We're making sure the hips stay in so they don't come out like they did at the beginning of last year to make sure everything is working in the right direction," Gyorko said of his work with hitting coach Mark Kotsay. "It allows me to see the ball a little longer and a little better. It will allow me to hit the ball the other way with power or just shoot it the other way, and gets me on time to pull the ball so I don't get jammed."
Gyorko played just 111 games last season due to plantar fasciitis, hitting .210/.280/.333 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 400 at-bats.
Still, Gyorko seems to indicate the injury wasn't the main reason he struggled offensively last season. He hit .210 with 10 home runs in 111 games.
"I think I maybe put a little too much pressure on myself," Gyorko said, per MLB.com. "We were struggling as a team. And I think all of us, not just myself, felt like we needed to come up with that big hit to get us going. It's hard to hit when you put that kind of pressure on yourself."
Gyorko missed nearly two months of games last season due to the foot injury, but once he returned, his numbers began to improve. He hit .260 with a .347 on-base percentage over his final 55 games.
"He was better. I think he started making some adjustments, some mechanical, some at-bat to at-bat in terms of pitch selection," manager Bud Black said. "Before, you saw him chasing pitches up in the strike zone and also sliders away. I think that a lot of that was him wanting to be aggressive and wanting to help the team."
The Padres are expecting better results from Gyorko in 2015, especially with a revamped lineup that includes Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.
"We saw in 2013 what Jedd can be, and I think there's more to Jedd based on 2013," Black said. "I think last year there were a lot of factors that went into his season that he expected or adjusted to, but that is something he's hopefully learned from. It's a tough game. You've got to work and stay on top of it. In that regard, I think he learned a lot."
Gyorko has recorded at least one hit in 10 straight games, extending what's been a very good second half after struggling early in the season and missing an extended period of time on the disabled list. He has hit .272/.346/.426 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 169 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .162/.213/.270 in the first half.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs San Francisco|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||42||162||19||46||11||0||2||23||19||31||1||0||.366||.389||.284|
|2011||AA-San Antonio Missions||59||236||41||68||12||0||7||40||26||50||1||0||.358||.428||.288|
|2011||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||81||340||78||124||35||2||18||74||38||64||11||3||.429||.638||.365|
|2012||AA-San Antonio Missions||34||130||18||34||4||0||6||17||17||27||1||1||.356||.431||.262|
|2013||AA-San Antonio Missions||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||--||--||0||0||1.000||1.000||1.000|
|2013||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||2||7||2||4||1||0||0||1||--||1||0||0||.571||.714||.571|
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