The Gyor-ney: UHS & WVU product Gyorko set to begin eighth MLB season

MLB infielder Jedd Gyorko is set to begin his eighth MLB season, whenever the time comes, but for now he is hanging out with his family at their home in Cheat Lake, West Virginia.

Despite playing for four different MLB franchises during his 10-year professional career, the University High School and West Virginia University product still calls Morgantown home.

"I was born and raised here," he said. "West Virginia has always just been a part of my family and myself."

After winning the Brooks Wallace Award as the best Division I shortstop and being named a first team All-American after his junior season at West Virginia, Gyorko was drafted by the Padres in 2010 and made his MLB debut with the club in 2013.

He was then traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015, and then to the LA Dodgers in the middle of last season. After playing in just 62 games combined with both clubs last season and having offseason wrist surgery, he signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in January 2019. Whenever the 2020 season begins, Gyorko will be fired up and ready to go.

"When you get to this level, there are guys that are always waiting so you have to prove yourself every single day," he said. "I think if I can stay healthy and stay on the field, I'll put up the numbers that I like."

Gyorko batted a career best .249 in his MLB debut season with the Padres in 2013 and in 2016, he blasted 30 home runs for the Cardinals. But his offensive numbers don't paint Jedd's full picture.

What does is his versatility. Gyorko has played every position in the infield starting with shortstop at University High, second base and short at WVU, third base in the minors and then a combination of all of those plus first base in the MLB.

"I think being able to move around and play those different positions has helped me along the way."

As Gyorko and the rest of the sports world awaits a return to normalcy, he's enjoying the quality time with his wife Karley and their three children, almost 6-year old twins Brody and Kadin and three year old daughter, Brooklyn. Over this time period, despite playing all those positions in baseball, he's learned there's a profession that does not suit him.

"I realized I would be pretty terrible kindergarten teacher."