Two Mountaineer baseball players have opportunities to crack Major League rosters this spring. Jedd Gyorko received an invite to the San Diego Padres Spring Training roster after a great first full season in the minors last season and earning MVP in the Arizona Fall League. The Chicago White Sox invited Tyler Kuhn to camp after promoting him to their AAA affiliate in Charlotte last summer. Kuhn was also in Spring Training with the Sox last season.
Kuhn made his 2012 début with the team on Tuesday against the L.A. Angels, coming in to pinch hit and took over 2nd base. He went 0-2 in the loss, not reaching base. On Wednesday, Kuhn went 1-2 with a single and a strikeout against the Brewers. The game ended in a 10-6 loss.
Gyorko appeared in the Padres first Spring Training game on Sunday and Monday against the Seattle Mariners, going 0-2 in both contests. On Tuesday, Gyorko had an RBI single against the Royals. In Wednesday’s game, the Padres split the roster. While one half of the team played against the Rangers and Japanese rookie sensation, Yu Darvish, Gyorko and the other half of the squad played against Cincinnati. Gyorko started that game, going 2-4 at 3B and scoring 1 run.
“There were some good at-bats,” Padres manager Bud Black said.