Mountaineer Alum Vince Belnome will look to put together a sensational spring as he hopes to earn a spot on Tampa Bay’s opening day roster.
After the San Diego organization brought in several big-name free agents this winter, a new sense of optimism surrounds this once proud franchise. In the middle of it all will be second-baseman Jedd Gyorko – a graduate of West Virginia University – who is entering just his third season at the Major League level.
Vince Belnome has always been a player that has been used to the grind. That’s probably the best word to describe the life of a minor leaguer who is trying to push his way into the big leagues.
For a prolific hitter that started at least 35 games in each of his four seasons at West Virginia University, working through the progression of the minor leagues may not have been ideal. But for Ryan McBroom, “process” is all he’s known. Now, McBroom is looking at his second season in the minor leagues after a successful first go-around.
Baseball season is quickly approaching and as the San Diego Padres prepare for the 2015-16 with a revamped lineup, they’ll be counting on a player that they didn’t need to make a move for. Third-year second baseman Jedd Gyorko will once again play a pivotal role in the Padres plans for this season and the future after getting a 5-year, $35 million deal last April.
When John Polonius came to WVU, he just wanted a better chance at playing professional baseball. Now, as he prepares for the upcoming season, Polonius is hoping to continue to use the skills that WVU gave him in hopes of bettering himself.
Brady Wilson thought his playing days were over when things didn’t go as planned after leaving WVU. But then he got the call.