Gyorko homers twice in Javelinas' rout
Padres prospect goes 3-for-5 with four RBIs, four runs scored
Jedd Gyorko won a pair of championship rings during the 2011 season. From the look of it, he's going for one more.
The Padres' No. 4 prospect went 3-for-5 with two homers, four RBIs and four runs scored Friday night, leading the Peoria Javelinas to 14-5 romp over the Scottsdale Scorpions.
"My swing felt good," Gyorko said. "I got a little bit out in front to start, but I tried to let the ball get deep and put a few barrels on the ball."
The 23-year-old third baseman did most of his damage late in the game, leading off the eighth with his second Arizona Fall League homer before launching a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth. The second one, Gyorko said, was a no-doubter.
"It was a good battle between me and the pitcher [Angels left-hander Andrew Taylor]," he said. "It was a full count, I had seen seven or eight pitches. I got one middle-in and I was able to turn on it and get it out of there.
"I knew that one was going to make it out. I knew I got a lot of it."
Selected in the second round of the 2010 Draft, Gyorko hit .333 with 25 homers and 114 RBIs in 140 games between Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, both of which won league championships. In the AFL, he's batting .391 with three homers and seven RBIs in five games.
"It's a nice place to hit in. The ball kind of flies out here in Arizona," Gyroko said. "I'm glad to be out here and have an opportunity to play in this league."
Fellow Padres prospect Jaff Decker also homered and drove in three runs for the Javelinas (5-5). He lead the league with a .583 on-base percentage and ranks second with a .483 batting average (14-for-29).
"He's an all-around player, a great hitter," Gyorko said. "He's a great person to have in the clubhouse. He's got a great future."
Mets prospect Wilfredo Tovar racked up three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for Peoria, while Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer went 2-for-5 with a solo homer.
Bryce Harper, MLB.com's No. 2 prospect, delivered a two-run triple for the Scorpions.
Overall, Gyorko said he wants to work on "anything you can think of to get better" in the AFL. And his thoughts on that third championship?
"It would be pretty cool to get three rings in one season," he said. "There's a lot of games left, but I like my chances. The teams are so balanced and play very well out here, so I think anyone has a chance."
David Heck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.