Gyorko getting familiar with NL West arms

Gyorko getting familiar with NL West arms

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko will finished among the team-leaders in at-bats this spring, which is a good thing as far as he's concerned.

"I think it's gone well," he said. "I've gained a lot of experience."

It's not just the amount of at-bats, though, but what pitchers he's facing.

Gyorko went into Sunday's game against the Brewers hitting .268 in 56 at-bats, which ties him for the second-most on the team with Kyle Blanks. Alexi Amarista has 59 at-bats.

But for Gyorko, who is expected to be the Opening Day second baseman, he's taken heavy stock in the at-bats he's had against National League West pitchers.

"A big thing for me is seeing a lot of the pitchers I haven't seen before, pitchers we're going to face," Gyorko said. "I've seen [Clayton] Kershaw, [Zack] Greinke, those guys. That's valuable experience. Hopefully that will help jumpstart me for the season."

The Padres play 20 games in the first month of the season against teams from the NL West.

"It's been good because I have an idea of what their pitches look like and maybe how they're going to pitch to me during the season," said Gyorko, noting that he also faced Ian Kennedy of the D-backs recently. "It's go to see those guys in the division. We're going to see those guys four or five times throughout the year. It's good to see them and what they've got."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.