Get To Know A Mets Minor League Player: Darin Gorski

Darin Gorski is a pitcher who you may start to hear more about if he puts up a second straight season of good numbers in the minors. Gorski (who will be 24 for the 2012 season) was drafted by the Mets in 2009 in the 7th round of the draft. The left handed pitcher has pitched three seasons in the Mets system, each year at a different level starting with the Cyclones in 2009, followed by Savannah in 2010 and St. Lucie in 2011. He has posted the following numbers during his career:

2009: 3-4, 62.1 IP, 4.91 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

2010: 6-8, 114.0 IP, 4.58 ERA, 3.4 BB/9,  8.6 K/9

2011: 11-3, 138.2 IP, 2.08 ERA, 1.9 BB/9, 9.1 K/9

From a purely numerical standpoint, there are several key, trends that appear in his stats:

  1. Each year his inning totals has gone up
  2. Each year his ERA has gone down
  3. Each year he has walked less
  4. Each year he has struck out more

He jumped on the scout radar last season because between 2010 and 2011 was his greatest change in numbers. He halved his ERA, he became a winning tarter, he really upped his innings, he nearly halved is walks per 9 innings and increased his strikeouts per game by half a strikeout. This is significant.

In fact, his increased control named him “Best Control” in the Mets farm system by Baseball America. ¬†They also gave him the title of best changeup in the system. I’m interested to see how Gorski develops this season. If he goes up to Binghamton and has the same success as he did in A+ ball, then he may start to move up the Mets depth charts. If this happens, his development will be very similar to Dillon Gee, who is also a control type pitcher who all of sudden start to turn heads in the Mets farm system by his control of his pitches in the lower levels.

Maybe Darin will get invited to Spring Training, and then we will really get to see his stuff.

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