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.  Gorski split his time between center and left, and also used his speed on the bases.

2020
DNP

The Pirates’ commitment of such a large bonus to Gorski looked very questionable after his 2019 struggles.  The ostensible explanation is that he’s a very athletic player and they believed they could help him fix some mechanical flaws in his swing.  Unfortunately, while Neal Huntington was GM, the Pirates never — not once — managed to turn a college hitter who needed significant swing adjustments into a good hitter.  Their track record with drafting college hitters under Huntington was one of unrelenting failure.  There’s a new front office now, though, and they were impressed with Gorski in fall instructionals.  They believe his 2019 problems may have resulted from a wrist injury.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: 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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