Former West Virginia University baseball star Jedd Gyorko will be appearing in a major league ballpark near you.
Gyorko is enjoying his rookie season with the San Diego Padres while David Carpenter was recently called up to the majors by the Atlanta Braves.
Gyorko is wrapping up his first month of major league action. He began the season as a third baseman due to an injury to Chase Headley. Headley has returned pushing Gyorko back to second base, which was the position he played throughout most of spring training.
Gyorko is still searching for his first home run, but is doing pretty well for the Padres. He is batting .247 through 23 games. Gyorko has 21 hits including six doubles. He has scored seven runs and hit six RBI.
Gyorko has impressed his teammates with his demeanor and work ethic. "He's gone through some struggles, which is very common with young guys coming up to the big leagues," third baseman Chase Headley told the U-T San Diego newspaper. "You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle that. I've been really impressed with the way he comes to the field every day, just ready to go, getting his work in."
Gyorko's stats are impressive for a rookie in his first month of action. His six doubles are tied for third on the team. His six RBI are tied for sixth on the team.
Compared to fellow rookies, Gyorko is eighth in major league
baseball with a .247 batting average. His six doubles place him third among
major league rookies. His six RBI are good enough for seventh among rookies. Gyorko
also leads rookies in at bats with 85.
WVU fans will have the chance to see Gyorko and the Padres when they visit the Baltimore Orioles May 14 and 15.