West Virginia University baseball great Jedd Gyorko has been selected 59th overall in the second round by the San Diego Padres at Tuesday’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

“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 selection makes him the third-highest pick in the modern draft era in Mountaineer baseball history. He trails only Chris Enochs’ 11th overall selection in the 1997 draft by the Oakland Athletics, and Darrell Whitmore’s second-round, 46th overall pick by the Cleveland Indians in 1990. He is the highest pick of any middle infielder in school history, and is just the fourth WVU player from Morgantown to be taken in the draft.

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