As the Mets scramble to trim their 40-man roster to make room for players who finished the year on the disabled list or for prospects who could be lost to the Rule 5 draft, I keep contemplating the fate of Darin Gorski.
Gorski, a Met left-handed pitcher in Binghamton went unprotected early in the spring and passed unclaimed through waivers. Gorski returned to the Mets minor leagues assigned to their Triple-A squad in Las Vegas. After recovering from an early shoulder injury in mid summer, Gorski was sent to Double-A Binghamton to begin to throw in games.
The tall lefty was brilliant for the B-Mets their most consistent starter after the Eastern League All-Star break. The 6’4”, 25-year old southpaw made 14 appearances that included 13 starts going 6-1 for the regular season Eastern League champions. He logged a 1.87 ERA and an eye-popping 0.864 WHIP. Gorski allowed just 46 hits in 78.2 innings, striking out 67 batters while walking only 22. And, he seemed to solve a problem that had plagued him throughout his minor league career, keeping the ball in the park. Only one batter went long on Gorski this summer in Binghamton.
The Mets’ 7th round pick in the 2009 Draft, has had a roller-coaster ride through the Met minors so far. After a brilliant campaign for Port St. Lucie where Gorski was named the 2011 Florida State League Most Valuable Player of the year and the Mets Minor League Pitcher of the Year, he stalled somewhat in 2012.
The Western Pennsylvania native, was the workhorse of the Binghamton staff throwing 139.2 innings and going 9-8 for the B-Mets in 2012. But, Gorski’s ERA ballooned from 2.08 at St. Lucie to 4.00 in Binghamton, and the ball left the ballpark 20 times that summer when the B-Met starter was on the mound .
Gorski had barely gotten started in Las Vegas this spring and did show some uncharacteristic control issues before he injured his shoulder. But, Gorski was the picture of calm and poise on the mound this summer in Binghamton able to spot his fastball wherever he chose while effectively mixing a slider and change-up.
In an interview with Metsmerized Online, Gorski told us that a big part of his success was his fastball command and confidence. ”The one thing I had worked hard on is my command. Second is just being confident in my ability to pitch and trusting my stuff each time out there.”
Wherever fate takes him, Gorski sports a trace of a baseball lucky charm. His teams in Brooklyn, Savannah, Port St. Lucie, and Binghamton have all qualified for post season play although none of those play-off teams have brought home a championship. Perhaps Darin’s saving that for the Mets.
I’ve watched Darin Gorski pitch over two seasons, and I love his approach on the mound. The big lefty is a ‘thinking pitcher,’ a guy who lacks the big power fastball but makes up for it with pitching assertiveness and smarts. Gorski has a great work ethic and is pretty hard to rattle on the hill when things get sticky. The best way to put it - Darin Gorski competes.
The Mets have tough decisions to make over the next week or so paring down their roster and deciding who goes and who stays. I’m hoping one of the guys who stays is Darin Gorski. What do you think?