Jedd Lindon Gyorko (/ˈdʒʊərkoʊ/ JOOR-koh; born September 23, 1988) is an American professional baseball infielder with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). Gyorko made his MLB debut on Opening Day of the 2013 season for the San Diego Padres as their starting second baseman.
Gyorko attended University High School in Morgantown, West Virginia. Playing for the school's baseball team as a shortstop, he was named one of the best baseball players in the state. He then enrolled at West Virginia University, and set numerous school records for the West Virginia Mountaineers baseball program. Gyorko won the 2010 Brooks Wallace Award as the best shortstop in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.
The Padres selected Gyorko in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Playing in minor league baseball, Gyorko shifted to third base, and developed into one of the best prospects in baseball. He made the Padres' Opening Day roster as their starting second baseman, and had a strong rookie season. The Padres signed Gyorko to a contract extension worth $35 million early in the 2014 season.
By Dean Hanley
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