MATT GORSKI, CENTER FIELDER
Born: December 22, 1997
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 198
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 57th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Indiana University
Agent:

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Gorski was the Pirates’ first college pick in the 2019 draft.  He has plus raw power and plus speed, but he’s had issues making contact.  As a sophomore, he batted 306/404/554, but he fell off to 271/374/498 as a junior.  He evidently went more for power, as his walk, strikeout and home run rates all increased sharply.  He fanned in over a quarter of his at-bats.  Gorski has also had trouble in the wood bat Cape Cod League.  He stole a lot of bases in college, going 39-for-39 as a base stealer in his first two years and 18-for-21 as a junior.  The speed may not be enough by itself for him to stay in center, as scouts believe Gorski needs to improve his routes.  He has a very strong and accurate arm.  Baseball America ranked him 150th among draft prospects and MLB Pipeline 112th.  The Pirates do not have a good track record with hitters who sell out for power, with Casey Hughston and Dylan Busby being recent examples, so Gorski presents a good deal of risk; as FanGraphs put it, he “might not hit at all.”  Gorski signed a week after he was drafted for $243,600 below the slot value.

2019
A-:  223/297/346, 179 AB, 9 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 19 BB, 48 K, 11-14 SB

Gorski’s debut went pretty much as the scouting reports suggested.  He showed a modest amount of power and had significant problems making contact.  RHPs ate him alive with breaking balls, holding him to a 190/250/317 line.  He did well against LHPs, with a 327/424/408 line.  His struggles may have resulted in part from a wrist injury  Gorski split his time between center and left, and also used his speed on the bases.

2020
DNP

The minor league season was canceled, but the Pirates reportedly were impressed with Gorski in fall instructionals.  The previous front office paid him such a large bonus with the idea that they could help him with swing adjustments, but they never had any success in helping college hitting draftees improve.  Not once.

2021
A+:  223/294/416, 358 AB, 18 2B, 17 HR, 34 BB, 125 K, 18-19 SB

Gorski spent his season in the Greensboro outfield, splitting his time between left and center.  He played well defensively and had nine outfield assists.  At the plate, his power started to come around, but otherwise he had the same season he had in 2019, with more strikeouts.  He had a home/road split, but it wasn’t as heavily tilted toward the home park as some of his teammates.  Oddly, he had a large reverse platoon split.  Gorski did an outstanding job as a base stealer.

Gorski will repeat Greensboro to open 2022.  He has power, and brings a lot of value on defense and on the bases, but he doesn’t make enough contact yet.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $1,000,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 3, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round, 57th overall pick; signed on June 11.
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