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Former Mountaineer INF Jedd Gyorko's first full season in the San Diego Padres farm system after getting drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft, was marked with many awards and even a promotion. Now he earned another honor after being named the MadFriars' Player of the Year.
Gyorko lit up opposing pitchers in his time with the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League batting .365/.429/.638. He was then promoted to the Padres' AA ball-club in San Antonio. After a slower start with the Missions, Gyorko finished batting .300/.379/.464 in August.
Of all of the players in the Padres' farm system, Gyorko had the most consistent numbers over the course of the season. Right now, he is playing in the Arizona Fall League where he made the All-Star team. leads the AFL in hitting right now at .431 with 5 homers.
The Padres have two relatively young players at 3rd base and at shortstop in James Darnell and Chase Headley, Gyorko may have to change positions in order to move up to the major league roster for the Padres.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing defense and really will play wherever the Padres want me too, third, second or short,” Gyorko said on a possible position change. “I just love to play the game and anywhere they put me is great.
“I’m just trying to do what everyone is doing out here, get better and become a more complete player.”
Gyroko finished his minor-league campaign with 25 homers and 114 RBIs helping both teams to league Championships.