New St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Jedd Gyorko doesn’t miss the power limitations of Petco Park.
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Jedd Gyorko, like pitcher Mike Leake and catcher Brayan Pena, is among the new faces at this weekend’s Winter Warmup. After claiming that this is the best part, the media tried to reassure him that may not be true.
Gyorko won’t miss the power limitations of San Diego’s Petco Park. “It’s tough. You would really get into one and see it die at the track and it’d be demoralizing.” He is very happy to be in the NL Central, which has more hitter friendly parks. “Better than Petco. Any ballpark is better for hitters. Cincinnati and Chicago as well. That will be welcomed.”
Gyorko really looked forward to coming to St. Louis. “You won’t find a town with better baseball people. Players like to play in places like that. Every time I got the schedule I would circle St. Louis on the schedule. It brings out the best in you.”
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He knows the NL Central will be a competitive battle and a challenge for the season, calling it the best in baseball.
Gyorko is comfortable with any infield position, but is yet to talk to Mike Matheny or the coaches about where he will see the most playing time.
Gyorko got some work in the minors before finishing well in 2015, putting together a strong offensive campaign. He didn’t want to elaborate but he worked on his swing without agreeing with the idea that it was a wakeup call. Gyorko has simplified his offensive approach and he thinks that will help his versatile role on the Cards.
“It’s not a bad thing. Hopefully spend a long time here,” Gyorko added on being one of the few Cardinals with a long term contract to play here.
Gyorko likes the competitive nature of the division and thinks it will fuel his play. He isn’t interested in talking about last year in San Diego but wants to look forward. He values all of his teammates in St. Louis, and should be wearing #3. In the best way possible to stand out as a team guy, Gyorko said “it’s just a number. You don’t see it anyway. It’s the name on the front that matters.”
Meet Jedd Gyorko, everyone.