Gyorko Named Top MLB Prospect

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • January 30, 2013 09:06 AM
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Former Mountaineer All-American infielder and current San Diego Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko has had his name appear in many articles the last few weeks.

Most recently, Gyorko was ranked No. 50 on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list for 2013. It is the second time Gyorko has made the list, while also earning the honor of the No. 1 ranked second baseman.

The analysis MLB.com provides reads: When the Padres took Gyorko in the second round of the 2010 Draft out of West Virginia University, he was an advanced hitter who didn’t rate as highly as some others because of his size and lack of a natural defensive home. He’s proven that reports about his bat were not grossly exaggerated, reaching the Minors’ highest level while hitting for average and power with a high on-base percentage, too. He’s played both third and second base as a pro and been fine at both positions. He’s a second baseman now and profiles nicely as an offensive-minded player, one who should hit in a big league lineup for a long time to come.

Gyorko completed his third season in pro ball last year, hitting .328 with 24 homers, 24 doubles and 83 RBIs in 92 games for Triple-A Tucson. Gyorko also became the first player from the 2010 MLB draft class to reach 400 career hits.

Earlier this month the Padres announced that Gyorko would be one of 21 non-roster invitees to join them in spring training.