Gyorko's selection with the 59th pick made the Mountaineer the third-highest pick in the modern draft era in WVU history. The three-time All-American shortstop put up impressive numbers in the old gold and blue uniform, but is ready to begin the next phase of his career.
Gyorko finishes his college career as WVU's all-time leader with a .404 batting average, 73 doubles, 113 extra-base hits and in a tie for home runs with 35. The former University High School standout also set the single-season marks this year with 19 home runs, 48 extra-base hits, 43 walks, 177 total bases, 192 assists and 28 doubles.
A reunion with former WVU teammates Vince Belnome and Joe Agreste may be possible as both are members of the Padres organization. Belnome was selected in the 28th round last season while Agreste signed a free-agent deal.
"That is one of the first things I thought of when I got drafted by the Padres," Gyorko said. "It seems like the Padres and Mountaineers are well connected and I'm excited to see those guys and have a chance to be teammates again."
Marshall junior Kevin Shackelford and incoming freshman Aaron Blair were each selected in the 21st round.
Shackelford, a catcher his first two seasons before moving to the mound, was chosen with the 639th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-hander recorded 18 innings in 19 relief appearances with a 1-1 record and a 7.50 ERA.
Blair, the 633rd pick by the Houston Astros, was named a first-team All-Southwest Division and All-Sunset Conference pitcher at Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas. Blair went 7-0 in his senior year, recording 57 innings and four complete games with 75 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA. He also batted .370 with 31 RBIs and 13 extra base hits.