Former West Virginia University baseball star Jedd Gyorko is closing in on a promotion to the Major Leagues. Gyorko continues to hit the cover off the ball in triple-A Tucson, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Gyorko is the most recent Pacific Coast League player of the week. He led the PCL for the week in several categories including batting average (.571), on base percentage (.636) and hits (16). Gyorko was second in the league in slugging percentage for the week (.893). His week consisted of three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.
Gyorko currently has a 10-game hitting streak and has to be putting himself in great shape for getting a promotion to the major leagues.
Gyorko has played both third base and second base for the Tucson Padres, but is mostly occupying third base. That would be his likely position in San Diego.
Gyorko is hitting .351 in triple-A with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and 42 RBI in 45 games played. He is also doing well defensively recording just four errors in those 45 games.
Chase Headley is currently playing third base for the San Diego Padres, but is considered a candidate to be traded due to Gyorko's great numbers in triple-A.
If Gyorko continues to hit the ball as well as he is, then San Diego will have to do something with him in the second half of the season. San Diego does not want to trade Gyorko with how well he is playing because he is only 22 years old. The Padres will want to get him some major league experience this season so he is prepared for that level of play in 2013.
Worst case, Gyorko should be a September call up when Major League teams are permitted to expand their active rosters from 25 players to 40 players.
Gyorko and the Tucson Padres have four games remaining before the all-star break.