With the exception of a stint on the disabled list in the middle of the season, Jedd Gyorko could not have had a much better rookie season.
He capped it off with grand slam that gave San Diego a lead, which the Padres couldn't hold in a 7-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
''I'm pretty happy with the year I had,'' Gyorko said. ''Obviously there's a lot of room for improvement.''
Gyorko became the first rookie second baseman to lead his team in RBIs and his 23 homers were the third-most by a newcomer.
''He's had a fabulous year, no doubt about it,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ''The power numbers, the defense and you add the time he missed where he could have added to those numbers. He had a good rookie season, there's no doubt about that.''
He feels best about his defense. The Padres drafted him as a third baseman and he was moved to second in the middle of last year.
''There was a lot of questions whether I could handle second base,'' Gyorko said. ''No one had s...