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Gyorko is #1 on Schoenfield's 10 breakout players to watch for...

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According to David Schoenfield of ESPN, this is Jedd Gyorko's 2014.

He acknowledged why the Padres' HR and RBI leader was overlooked in ROY voting:

Still, his season went pretty unrecognized for several reasons: (1) He plays for the Padres, and (2) it was such a strong rookie class in the National League that there wasn’t much attention left over after Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran; (3) His splits made for an odd season, as he hit .272 with eight home runs in the first half, .226 with 15 home runs in the second half.

Ouch. That first one stung a little, not going to lie. He then goes on to explain his reasoning for his potential breakout year:

Gyorko needs to consolidate those two approaches. Some of that difference came from a big split in BABIP -- .325 in the first half and .245 in the second half, but he did start chasing more pitches out of the strike zone in the second half (34 percent compared to 30 percent). He was a .321 hitter in the minors, so if he can reign in the over-aggressiveness just a bit I think his average and OBP will come up. He hit 13 of his 23 home runs at Petco and hit 30 in the minors in 2012, so the power is definitely legit.

Hopefully, this prognostication turns out to be true. If Gyorko can have anything close to a Headley-like 2012 in 2014, I like the team's chances of competing for a NL Wild Card spot, or maybe even the division (you never, never know). Your thoughts?

This FanPost was written by a member of the Gaslamp Ball community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Gaslamp Ball managers or SB Nation.

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