With the 59th overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft, the Padres got an offensive-minded college player in Jedd Gyorko of West Virginia.
Gyorko is an offensive terror who hit .381/.472/.750 with a whopping 19 homers last season, following in the footsteps of current Padres farmhand Vince Belnome as the Mountaineers’ top offensive middle infielder.
Gyorko’s offensive stats are right there with just about anyone in college, and he projects to be a solid all-around offensive player. He had a great 24/43 K/BB ratio in his final season at West Virginia.
The knock on Gyorko is a lack of athleticism. He only stole one base in his final year, and nobody thinks he will stick at short. He projects as a passable defender at second/good defender at third in the Dan Uggla mold.
This pick adds to an embarrassment of riches for the Padres in the middle infield, along with Drew Cumberland, Everth Cabrera, Lance Zawadzki, Beamer Weems, and others. In a perfect world, Gyorko becomes the Padres’ version of Uggla.