Mountaineers in the Pros
Ten Years Later Jedd Gyorko Graduates from WVU
A decade removed from his college days, one of the best hitters in West Virginia baseball history has graduated from the University. Jedd Gyorko graduated from WVU Saturday with the class of 2020 with a Regents Bachelors of Arts Degree.
14 years ago I took my first WVU class in high school. I finally graduated from the best University in the country!! @WestVirginiaU pic.twitter.com/hK4bnYa1ug
— Jedd Gyorko (@JGyorko05) May 17, 2020
A Morgantown native and University High alumnus, Gyorko spent three seasons playing for the Mountaineer baseball team from 2008-10. In just three seasons, Gyorko established himself as one of the all-time great WVU baseball players. Gyorko was a three-time All-American, hitting .409 as a freshman, .421 as a sophomore and .381 as a junior.
Even with only three seasons, Gyorko made his mark on the WVU record book. He has the highest career batting average (.404) in program history and ranks third in career hits (281). He has the second, third and seven most hits ever in a single season with 96, 95 and 90, respectively. He scored the second-most career runs with 207, he is tied for the most career home runs with 35 and he has the record for most career extra-base hits with 113.
Following his junior season, Gyorko was drafted in the second round of the 2010 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres. After three seasons developing in the minors, Gyorko made his major league debut on April 1, 2013 against the New York Mets. In his first major league season, Gyorko hit .249 with 23 home runs and finished sixth in National League Rookie of the Year voting.
After three seasons with the Padres, Gyorko was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2015 offseason. He played three more full seasons with the Cardinals and then was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the 2019 trade deadline. This offseason the 31-year-old Gyorko signed a one year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers with a team option for 2021.
In seven major league seasons, Gyorko has played in 804 games and collected 630 hits, both the most ever by a WVU player in the majors.