"You don't see a lot of guys put up those types of numbers in San Diego," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said, referring to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. "When you're doing that as a rookie, that's real impressive. I expect him to be a very good player for a long time."
Black acknowledged they need to find the right balance with Gyorko, whose aggressiveness is key to his success.
"Obviously, I want the batting average and on-base percentage to go up. But the power numbers were good and where they need to be," Gyorko said "I just need to continue to keep working."
Gyorko, who finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, is afforded a different mindset this spring with a roster spot assured. Instead of racing to be in top form before the first exhibition game, he's allowing himself to slowly get ready for the start of the regular season.
"I don't have to come in and give 110 percent from Day 1," he said. "I can kind of build my way into it and make sure I'm ready for opening day."
Gyorko also impressed the Padres with his defense in 2013. He's been working in camp on regaining the chemistry with shortstop Everth Cabrera, who was suspended for the final 50 games last season for being linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
"Me and Cabby are working on our cohesiveness again, getting to where we know where each other is on the field at all times," Gyorko said. "That's important to have that up the middle."
Impressive power. Solid defense. Just cut down on the wild swings and misses, and the Padres could have something special.
"I think the complete ballplayer is in there," Black said. "When you think of Jedd, I think you can talk about his offensive skills. But I think at the same time you'll talk about his defensive skills. We feel as if we've got a very, very solid major league player with Jedd."
NOTES: Headley shed the crutches he'd been using after straining his right calf Saturday. While still limping, Headley said he was "starting to feel like a real person again." He was to undergo an MRI later Monday, but remained optimistic he wouldn't miss more than a few weeks. "We're going to be super conservative," he said.