DOB: 09/23/1988 (Age 27)
Place Of Birth: Morgantown, West Virginia
Teams: San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals
Jedd Gyorko was born in Morgantown, West Virginia to Randall and Penny Gyorko. He is the youngest of three sons, and his older brother, Scott Gyorko, played college football for the West Virginia University Mountaineers. As a child, Gyorko was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and began his love for baseball at a young age. He practiced a lot with his dad and one of his dad's friends, a former West Virginia University baseball player.
Gyorko was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft as a third baseman. After working his way up through the minor leagues for a couple years before making the Padres 2013 Opening Day Roster as a second baseman. He was named to Baseball America's All Rookie Team that year and finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after leading the Padres in both home runs (23) and RBIs (63) that season.
Since then, Gyorko's numbers have declined steadily. In 2015, he spent some time at AAA working on his swing before returning to the Padres as a shortstop. On December 8, 2015, the San Diego Padres traded Gyorko to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay, agreeing to pay $7,000,000 of the $33,000,000 remaining on Gyorko's contract.
As a Player
Position(s): Second Base, Shortstop, and Third Base
Bats: R Throws: R
Lifetime Line: .236/.293/.395
There's no doubt that Jedd Gyorko's offensive numbers have declined since he began his career in 2013, but he still is valuable as a power-hitting middle infielder who can move around the diamond a little bit. Gyorko has a lot of experience at second base, third base, and shortstop, but he has definitely spent the most time at second base, where he has been very reliable with his glove. At the plate, his batting average is not going to shock anyone, but the power numbers he puts up for his position are impressive and can be a valuable asset for the Cardinals in 2016. Gyorko poses essentially no threat as a baserunner, so it is more crucial for him to provide value of the bat, which he has proven he can accomplish at the major league level.