Jedd Gyorko's Slow Start Not Surprising.....


Top prospects always arrive with so much excitement and anticipation by fantasy owners because we expect them to replicate what they have done in the minors.  Jedd Gyorko was no different after hitting .328 with 24 home runs and 83 RBI at Triple-A Tucson last year. After Wednesday's nights 7-2 Padres victory, Gyorko is hitting a disappointing .236 with no home runs and six RBI. He has drawn eight walks to eleven strikeouts, so it's far too early to cut him loose in most formats. As a second baseman, Gyorko has plenty of value in most leagues. I own Gyorko in three leagues and recommend giving him more time to turn it around. The lack of power is surprising, but the the Pacific Coast League versus Petco Park is night and day for hitters. 

MLB News & Notes

  • A.J. Burnett carried a no-hitter against the Cardinals into the 7th inning before surrendering a double to Carlos Beltran. He is a streaky pitcher and is so good when he is throwing well. The concern for fantasy owners is knowing that bad Burnett start is right around the corner.
  • Kyle Blanks blasted his first home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers. Blanks has tremendous power and he showed in when he took Clayton Kershaw deep in the sixth inning. He has started three consecutive games since his call up to fill in for the suspended Carlos Quentin, and he is batting .455 (5-for-11) with a home run and three RBI. Once Quentin returns from his suspension, Blanks will probably go back to the minors.
  • The San Diego Padres activated Chase Headley from the disabled list and put Cameron Maybin on it. Maybin has an impingement in his right wrist and could miss more than 15 days.
  • Brian McCann (shoulder, wrist) could begin catching some games in extended spring training at the end of this week. However, he was slowed early in the week with soreness in his wrist and he returned to be examined on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Evan Gattis is batting .324 with four home runs and ten RBI. What will the Braves do? My guess is that Gattis will avoid the demotion to Triple-A and get a couple starts each week behind the plate and possibly a start at first base to give Freddie Freeman a day off against a tough lefthander. The Braves can't be confident that even a healthy McCann can catch more than five days each week. Plus, McCann is a free agent at the end of 2013, so the Braves could look to trade him at the deadline. That would leave Gattis in line to be the team's primary catcher come 2014.
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) could return to the Braves lineup on Monday when he is eligible. Freeman is scheduled to work out with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, and if the Braves believe he is healthy at that point, he will be sent on a rehab assignment Friday.
  • Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) is already throwing off flat ground, but Red Sox manager John Farrell won't commit to reinstalling him in the ninth inning once he returns from the disabled list. Look for Hanrahan to be apart of a closer-by-committee for awhile because he has not pitched well enough to get his job back right away. 
  • Mark Teixeira (wrist) took swings underwater on Tuesday and could take "dry" swings any day. It is a long shot, but Teixeira is optimistic he'll be ready to return by early May.
  • Francisco Rodriguez signed a minor-league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. The Brewers have 30 days to decide whether to add Rodriguez to the big-league bullpen before the right-hander can opt for free agency.