If you are gluten free, you might want to be careful of this post, because to draft Jedd Gyorko again in 2015, after what he did last year, you need to be a gluten for punishment.  I am spelling that right, right? (Stutterer!)  On a side note, I want to open a gluten-free bakery that isn’t really gluten-free called Gluten for Punishment because I have a theory that there’s no such thing as gluten-free people.  How else do large companies sell another loaf of bread to people who usually only buy one loaf a week?  Make up a fake ailment and then a product to sell to them.  Now people are buying a loaf of regular bread and another loaf for the one person in their family that is supposedly gluten-free.  The Padres are actually the good news and the bad news.  The good news, who on earth else are the Padres going to bat in the middle of their order besides Gyorko?  The bad news, they have no one else to bat in the middle of the lineup other than a guy that hit 10 homers last year and .210.  The mostly good news that was bad news, he was hurt last year.  Reason why that was not completely good news is no one knows if his ailment will flare up again.  Though, no one really knows if he was actually hurt and not just so crizzappy that he was benched under the guise of being hurt.  I’m going to assume he was hurt, since he had a walking boot on.  If Jedd was wearing a walking boot just to throw people off his scent, Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity did a less involved insurance scam.  Or Gyorko just has seriously funky feet and the walking boot was literally meant to throw people off his scent.  This is neither here nor there or there nor here or there-here or here-there.  He was bad last year.  Luckily, we’re now talking about 2015.  Uppercase yay.  Anyway, what can we expect of Jedd Gyorko for 2015 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

In 2013, Gyorko hit 23 homers and had a 23.4% K-rate (that was in 125 games).  In 2014, he had 10 homers and a 22.6% K-rate.  That’s right, as bad as his season was, he actually cut back on his strikeouts.  He didn’t swing at balls outside of the strike zone as much (from 33.6 to 29.7) and made more contact (73.8 to 75.2).  On face value, these are positives.  An argument could be made that he actually had a better year last year with plate discipline, which has always been his petard.  To misquote the Black Eyed Peas, let’s not get petarded in here.  You can’t say his plate discipline simply got better.  He may just have been less aggressive at the plate and didn’t swing at anything as much, ball or strike.  He saw more strikes in 2014 (44.4 to 46) and swung at less.  So, this isn’t a straight positive.  The reason why I’m nagging on this like your grandmother in heaven complaining about the draft is because Gyorko needs to be aggressive and hit some fly balls.  If his fly balls stay down (literally!) like they were in 2014 (39.8 to 34.7) and his ground balls stay up (not literally!) (37.6 to 43.6), there’s nothing a little bit of plate discipline is going to do.  With that said (reversal time!), this is a guy that hit 24 homers in Triple-A in 92 games and 23 homers for the Padres in 2013.  That shizz doesn’t just evaporate.  I think we just need to throw out 2014 like that girl’s number that is never calling you back.  He won’t be nearly as costly in 2015 and he’s well worth a flyer for upside and 30-homer power.  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 66/24/69/.246/3 and hope he doesn’t make me look like a Gyorko for two years straight.

  1. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I drafted the Cool Gyorko as a rookie and got a pleasant surprise.

    I kept him last year and got Allen Craig (in a trade where we both thought the guy we were getting was going to come out of his slump any minute).

    Saw Jedd in a handful of games last year and think he’ll be fine this year. He had a ton of hits that looked like they could have, should have, would have been home runs. (You know the ones, where the bat makes that amazing sound,)

    Wouldn’t be the first guy who had a power drought because of a foot injury – Pujols 2013.

    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great:

      Yep, plantar fasciitis HURTS. It takes a long time to heal, and playing baseball on it just makes it take longer. You really need a full off-season.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @El Famous Burrito: Sure does. I had it and couldnt walk for a week.

  2. Lville Jim says:
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    Message Jerkoff finds on his cellphone. “Jedd, Josh Rutledge here. Any chance I can get my sleeper post back?”

    • Nick says:
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      @Lville Jim: Shhh…The Josh Rutledge 2015 sleeper post is imminent. Grey can’t help himself, and you can’t blame him. We all want to be vindicated, even if it takes a few years!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lville Jim: Rutledge does have some sneaky upside… PT is wonky though…

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Grey: i’m liking that his jerseys should only get cheaper and cheaper, assuming i can even find one online at all.

  3. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Only a Padre can be projected for 24 home runs and under 70 RBI.

  4. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Gyrko or Betts or Miller or Rutledge or……..Ding Dong ….Who is it?….Its the only WONG I want.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gyrbett Milledge for the win

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: Ha Ha

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Mike: Ha!

  5. Mr. Han's Militant Vegans says:
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    You’re my favorite vegetarian, vegan, alternative diet speller ever!

  6. Joel says:
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    As an M’s fan, how do you feel about the Saunders/Happ sawp? (non fantasy question)

    • Hawk says:
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      @Joel:

      The M’s have tons of good pitching. Felix, Iwakuma, Walker, Paxton, Erasmo and more on the farm. What will they do with Happ? Is he bullpen bound?

      I think this was more about moving Saunders – who’s got talent but is perennially hurt – than it is about getting Happ.

    • Grey

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      @Joel: Don’t understand it for the M’s… Saunders was a bottom of the order hitter that could’ve moved up in a pinch… Happ is whatever, any 5th starter on any team type guy that isn’t even needed in Seattle

      • Shawnuel says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Bad management. Front office mouths off to the press without talking to player. Player’s agent takes issue in press. Player then fires agent to smooth things over. Management still ditches player for a song. Stupid.

  7. Swaggerjackers says:
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    I’m too lazy to look it up but didn’t jerko start picking it up near the end of the season, too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swaggerjackers: He did nothing in the first half, he did a little something in the 2nd half

    • royce! says:
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      @Swaggerjackers: He was definitely better.

      March 30 – June 3: .162/.213/.270 in 221 PAs

      July 28 – Sept. 28: .260/.347/.398 in 222 PAs

      He spent the time between those two periods on the DL.

      • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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        Better, but not good.

  8. nick the dick says:
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    Gluten free people and their so-called allergy is as much bullshit as the female G spot or 9/11 or the Holocaust or Tupac’s death.

    • Hawk says:
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      @nick the dick:

      I live with one gluten allergy and am related to another. Their lives were MISERABLE (sick after eating ALL THE TIME). Cutting out gluten was like a magic pill that fixed everything.

      And Tupac is still alive.

      The rest of that stuff though…. :P

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Hawk: The power of suggestion…

        • Hawk says:
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          @nick the dick:

          You’re right. The 100 other things – medicines, procendures etc. – they tried before cutting out gluten were not suggestive enough :P

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Hawk: Do these people have some other type of disease such as Celiac? I’m sure cutting out certain foods can be beneficial to some people, but on the whole it’s taken on a fad-like appeal. I’m sure there are way more people who do it for no reason. Hey cut bread out and you’ll feel great! Wow, now I do feel great! I’m gluten freeeee! Not trying to upset you or say there’s no credence to your story, just an overall opinion on the matter.

            • de nachos says:
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              @nick the dick: the following is filed under TL;DR *hat tip: Sky and his memes* yeah Celiac is the real deal. a child of a family member was finally diagnosed after years of “failure to thrive.” Diagnoses were everything from “picky eater” to “stomach cancer” until said child was diagnosed with Celiac. Amazing turnout around (although it wasn’t instantaneous). The parents of said child were both tested, and the father was diagnosed Celiac-asymptomatic. His question to the doc was, of course, if I’m not sick can’t I just cut back? Doc’s response was that his esophagus and other soft tissues were so damaged and precancerous that he’d be the guy diagnosed with throat cancer who never smoked, and not knowing his disease we’d chalk it up to bad luck. He equated it to the limited understanding of diabetes 100 years ago. It’s so prevalent in Italy that all children are tested by age 6. New restaurants in Madrid have two kitchens for gluten and gluten-free. I had no idea about the cross-contamination aspect of it. I thought it was all annoying chick “no croutons on my salad.” However, I also think there’s a lot of baloney with gluten “allergies.” And I’m going to now reread Wake Up’s brilliant word vignette below.

              • Jash says:
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                @de nachos: what does any of this have to do with Jedd jerkin his ho…

                • de nachos says:
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                  @Jash: who? I thought this was pinterest. my bad.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I saw a lovely koozie on Pinterest the other day, Cust kayin’…

                    • de nachos says:
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                      @Grey: crochet? simply divine.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hand stitched, like a baller!

        • Gonzo_The_Great says:
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          @Grey: Oh Grey – I believe every word you type. @nick the dick: I dated a girl whose mom had a “gluten allergy.”

          I asked her what happened if she ate gluten – “Nothing.”

          “If nothing happens when you eat it, how did you figure out you’re allergic?”

          “I saw it on the tv…(and I stopped listening)”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha!

  9. Wake Up says:
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    I think it’s worse than that. My theory is that the company making the seeds to grow the grain, to bake the bread, which contains the gluten, are shoving so many other genes and pesticide-resisters into the seeds in the front end that the resulting grain is highly volatile, toxic to everyone, but in differentiating levels, prone to run on sentences, and not really grain at all, but a super profitable grain-like substance. With that being said…

    I’ve been to Gluten for Punishment in Charleston, SC. It was run by two fat girls named Sally who never wore well-fitting clothing. Sally was always waddling around asking Sally if she “looked fat in this?” And, Sally would always say nothing but, “Yeah.”

  10. Swfcdan says:
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    Could Gregory Polanco be a good buy low this offseason? Might have a chance of getting him in my keeper league, he’s still a prospect in our league and don’t have to promote unless I want. Seems despite his low AVG he was still on pace for a 15/30 season as expected, and his other peripherals scream improvement (only 60Ks and 30BBs), his BABIP must have been wretched for some reason. I feel these kinda guys are good targets as hype wears off when they initially struggle, and most prospects struggle! Seems like Polanco could easily become a clone of teammate Marte, and maybe even better due to his improved plate discipline.

    Who would you rather have going forward in a keeper, Baez or Polanco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d prefer Polanco

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Cool. We gonna get a sleeper post on him this offseason? Or maybe a post-hype sleeper one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He doesn’t have a starting job right now

  11. royce! says:
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    Ugh, thinking about the Padres just bums me out. Recently, Jonah Keri has been going over the top 50 players by trade value in baseball; none are Padres, and only Tyson Ross received an honorable mention. The Yankees and Tigers are the only other teams without a top 50 contract, but for them it doesn’t matter much because they’ll pay to be competitive. Know whose contract is ranked #7? Rizzo.

    The Padres are still trying to sell me on season tickets. Their sales pitch is like, “Have you heard about all the great new stuff we have at the ballpark?” At least they’re honest enough to not say anything about the great new players they have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Padres are selling you on a great new wine bar and a more comfortable picnic area, that’s awesome… At least it’s better than the Tigers stadium selling point, “Inside the stadium is safer than outside.”

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Ha!

        Petco is a great ballpark from a family entertainment perspective, which you have seen in person, but it would be a lot more enjoyable if they had a better team. It’s too early to judge the AJ Preller and the new ownership group, but I still want to vent. I figure I won’t need to much more because I doubt you’ll be writing many more sleeper posts for Padres players.

        • Grey

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          Well, there’s always their pitchers…. Hard to get too excited about their hitters though… I’ve said this before, but I think they should just invest in pitching and let hitting figure itself out, unless that’s what they’re doing by accident…

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            @Grey: I don’t know how much faith I would have in a front office whose strategy on hitting is to “just let it work itself out.” Fortunately, I don’t think that they’ve been doing that. It seems they have at least been drafting line drive heavy hitters, thinking that they would do comparatively well at Petco, bc HR hitters certainly don’t. This hasn’t seemed to work out, so maybe they should just leave hitting alone per your suggestion…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yeah, I don’t know… Could the hitting be worse? Probably not. The pitching is decent and could be better, so I say go for winning more 2-1 games than anyone…

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: “Take A Break From Dodging Bullets, and See A Game While You’re At It!”

  12. phenomenot says:
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    New babies for Gyorko, new baby for Crush, Eovaldi was good until….. new baby new baby new baby….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a new year

  13. Gus says:
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    @Grey. I was a believer in Gyrko before when you gave the rec. I lost my faith last year. I can’t imagine putting trust in him again. I think he’s turning into Pedro Alvarez. I plan to take another 2b,3b player, Schoop. Wouldn’t you do the same?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just went over Schoop the other day… I like him too… Depends on the price for each… Schoop has lower power upside…

  14. Sad Keanu says:
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    I’m in a 7 keeper auction league and have both Matt Harvey $4 and Kluber for $14. Which pitcher would you lean towards keeping if you only kept one? Also, Harvey seems to be better trade bait material. Had a couple offers already for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

  15. Sad Keanu says:
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    Also, I can keep Baez for $1. Is he worth keeping? I mean 30 HR and .230 AVG might be worth it right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez is worth keeping

      • Sad Keanu says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Sad Keanu: yes, but you gotta hope he hits .230

  16. MB says:
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    Last year I went in to Koki, Soriano, Frieri and Romo and felt safe as F.

    Am I safe going into this year with cishek, koji and doolittle?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early to say, teams haven’t gone to the winter meetings and secured their bullpens yet

  17. Alan says:
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    Hello Grey

    In an 11 team, yahoo roster (10 starting offense), 7×7 OBP/SLG, where each team keeps five

    I already have J Up, Freeman, Cano, Dickerson as my top four round picks.

    I need to choose a fifth but draft 11th in the first round of the draft.

    Which guy should I keep keeping? basically which guy am I least likely to get back if the top 45 or so players in roto are already gone?

    Jose Fernandez
    David Ortiz
    Chris Davis
    Kyle Seager
    Yelich
    Soler
    Lester
    Arrieta

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

      • Alan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

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