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WVU Baseball's Jedd Gyorko Thriving In Minors

WTRF notices that former WVU baseball star Jedd Gyorko, a recent second round pick by the San Diego Padres, is thriving with the Eugene Emeralds, batting .356 AVG / .382 OBP / .630 SLG with five homers in his first 17 games.

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Eugene is in a low-level, short-season league, and you'd expect an early-round college draftee to do well there, so the stats don't necessarily mean much. The five homers, though, are encouraging, if not necessarily surprising at such a low level - Gyorko hit a ton of homers at WVU too. Going into the draft, he was projected to have good, but not great, home-run power as a big leaguer. He isn't an outstanding defensive infielder, however, and the Padres have already moved him from shortstop to third base, an offensive-oriented position where home-run power will definitely help him. If he can continue to clear the fences as he rises through the minors, he'll have a much better chance of sticking as a major-league regular. You can watch some video of Gyorko here

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