Second Round Pick

WVU junior Jedd Gyorko will be joining two of his teammates in the San Diego Padres' organization.

Gyorko, who was drafted on Tuesday with the 59th overall pick (second round) of the Major League Baseball draft, is expected to sign with the Padres, who already have former Mountaineers Vince Belnome and Joe Agreste in their farm system. Belnome is current with the High Class A Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League, while Agreste is on the roster of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps of the Class A Midwest League.

Belnome is hitting .270 with five homer runs and 44 RBI., while Agreste has three hits in 20 at bats this year.

Any possible reunion is a bit in the future, however, as Gyorko is just pleased to be taking the first step in his professional career.

"I'm extremely thankful and blessed to have a chance to play in the San Diego Padres organization," Gyorko said. "My family and I are very excited and I'm looking forward to getting the whole process underway."

Gyorko's rise through the ranks of collegiate players was a steady one, culminating in an outstanding junior season in which he earned second team All-America status. He notched career-highs with 19 home runs, a .750 slugging percentage and 177 total bases while batting .381 with 57 RBIs.

Gyorko rounded out his WVU career as the school's all-time leader in batting average (.404), doubles (73) and extra-base hits (113). He tied another school standard with 35 career home runs. He is expected to sign a contract and begin play as quickly as possible in the Padres' organization. In addition to the Storm and Tin Caps, Gyorko could also start with the Class A Eugene Emeralds or the Padres' rookie league team in Arizona

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