Jedd Gyorko Makes All-BIG EAST First Team

Well, Mountaineer fans, the Big East baseball tournament is underway in Florida. Today was the Home Run derby. Jedd Gyorko finished 5th, missing the cut to round two (the top 4 advance.)

2010 BIG EAST Home Run Derby Results
10 swings per round; 100 points per HR, 10 points per fly ball to outfield

First Round (top four advance to final round)
Jimmy Jacquot, Cincinnati – 550
Mike Olt, Connecticut – 420
Cade Stallings, Louisville – 350
Paul Karmas, St. John’s – 350
Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia – 250
Jimmy Falla, USF  – 170
David Chester, Pittsburgh – 140
Dan Perrine, Rutgers – 60

Final Round
Mike Olt, Connecticut – 450
Cade Stallings, Louisville – 410
Paul Karmas, St. John’s – 360
Jimmy Jacquot, Cincinnati – 270

It’s also comforting to see that David Chester of Pitt also didn’t advance. So, chalk up another victory to WVU beating Pitt.

Anyway, Gyorko also made the All-Big East First Team. He was the only Mountaineer to receive any all-Big East honor. He earned first-team honors for the second consecutive year, and received a second-team selection in his freshman campaign in 2008.

He has definitely earned this award based on his statistics. He leads the offensive-oriented BIG EAST with 165 total bases, is tied for first place with 26 doubles, sits at second place with a .724 slugging percentage and 86 base hits and is third with 69 runs scored and 42 walks.

For the season, he is batting .377 with a career-high 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. Gyorko has a 2:1 walk-to-strikeout ratio, and was recently named a Brooks Wallace Award quarterfinalist by the College Baseball Foundation.

Congratulations go out to Gyorko for his achievements. He’s been projected to be taken in the MLB Draft (50 picks), and I hope he falls all the way down to #35 so he can play alongside Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves one day.

Good luck to WVU in the tournament. LET’S GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!

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