Sunday marked the last day of the regular season for the MLB. It also marked the end of the Jedd Gyorko's rookie season. That season was one that the Morgantown native and WVU alum can surely hang his hat on, and maybe even set a Rookie of the Year award on.
The San Diego Padres finished 76-86 for the 2013 season and Gyorko finished atop the team leader boards in some pretty hefty categories.
Gyorko finished the season with 23 home runs and 63 RBI's, both of which led the Padres in 2013. his 23 homers were the third most in the history of the MLB among rookie second basemen. Those 23 long balls were also tops among rookies this season, and his 63 RBI's trailed the rookie leader by just two.
Padres.com writer Corey Brock broke down the Padres' 2013 season by position, and had this to say about Gyorko:
Second base:One word: Gyorko. RookieJedd Gyorko quelled any concerns that he wouldn't be able to handle the jump to the big leagues in 2013 by putting together a strong season. He hit for plenty of power and provided better-than-expected defense. His statistics might have been even better had he not missed 30 games with a groin strain.
He also added that if the Padres decide to trade third baseman Chase Headley, something that was rumored to happen before the season started, that Gyorko would be more than capable of moving over to third base if the Padres decide to pick up a second baseman in free agency rather than a third baseman.
For the season, Gyorko finished with a .249 batting average, which isn't a bad average for a rookie who battled an injury for a good part of the season. He also finished with an on-base percentage of .301.
His best month of the season came in August, where the slugger hit .253 and put eight balls over the fence. He also drove in 17 runs, his second highest total that would only be beaten by September's 20 runs that he drove in.
Gyorko finished the season hitting .280 during the last week. He drove in 10 runs during that week, which is half of his monthly total. Four of those came on one swing during the season finale when he took a pitch and knocked it over the wall for a grand slam.
Despite in playing in only 125 games this season, Gyorko finished fifth among rookies in hits with 121 and third in doubles with 26. Among all second basemen in the MLB, Gyorko finished 2nd in home runs only to Robinson Cano, who hit 27, 10th in doubles, 11th in RBI's, and 15th in batting average.
Seeing as how Cano was the only player ahead of him in home runs for second basemen, that means Gyorko led all NL second basemen in home runs. He also finished 3rd in doubles, 6th in hits, 5th in RBI's, and 7th in batting average among NL second basemen.
Here's some video of Gyorko's season in review.