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WVU Baseball's Jedd Gyorko Thriving For Padres In Minor Leagues

Morgantown native and former West Virginia University baseball standout Jedd Gyorko, who was a second-round MLB draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2010, is currently thriving in the Class A+ California League, Baseball America notes.

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On his current 16-game hitting streak, Gyorko has batted 29-for-68 (.426) with five homers, nine doubles and 21 RBIs. That's not to say he's morphed into a future 20-home run masher. During his streak, Gyorko has smashed four of five homers in either Lancaster or High Desert, and one simply will not find more favorable home run conditions in pro ball.

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Gyorko is a threat to win the minor league batting title, however, and he currently ranks first in the minors with 65 hits (tied with San Jose's Gary Brown) and second with 42 RBIs (tied with Double-A Mobile's Paul Goldschmidt).

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Gyorko is currently hitting .400 AVG / .467 OBP / .724 SLG for Lake Elsinore. That note about "one simply will not find more favorable home run conditions in pro ball" in BA's writeup is due to the fact that the southern half of the Cal League (Lake Elsinore is about an hour northeast of San Diego) is a wild offensive environment, so you can't necessarily take Gyorko's stats at face value. Still, they're very impressive, and it looks likely he'll be in Class AA soon. The Padres' Class AA team is in San Antonio.

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