Although the regular season is long over, Winter League baseball has been in full effect for about a month with a few big-name Padres prospects headlining rosters. This is not a complete look at the performances of all Padres players, only guys who have either done something worth talking about or have come up in conversations with scouts.
Gyorko put on quite the hitting display during AFL action, winning the batting title with a .437 average. Even in the hitter-friendly environment that AFL stadiums offer his numbers were impressive. Scouts rave about his ability to consistently square up balls and produce against advanced competition.
Defensively, Gyorko put more stock into the idea that he can stay at third base while simultaneously showing off great baseball instincts both in the field and on the bases. He’ll never be a good runner – or even an average one – but more than ever Gyorko has shown that he’ll be able to make up for his awkward, slow running style with great awareness.
Decker was a late addition to the Peoria roster after it was announced that James Darnell would need to undergo shoulder surgery, effectively ruling him out of any baseball activities until Spring Training. Like just about every other AFL hitter Decker enjoyed the friendly confines in Arizona, posting an offensive line closer to his pre-2011 levels.
Much like Gyorko, Decker upped his perceived value on the defensive end. Those who remember Decker during his high school days still see him as a pudgy, line-drive hitter but in the last few years he has slimmed down and become a very well rounded player. He did manage to show an improved approach at the plate, but 24 games isn’t a large enough sample size to know if he has been able to shake his passive approach.