After Spinning A Gem, Gorski Promoted To Triple-A Las Vegas

Darin Gorski

May 28

As we speculated yesterday in the below article, lefthander Darin Gorski has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

It’s perfect timing for the 26-year-old, coming off his most dominating start of the season.

Gorski had a 2.22 ERA for Binghamton with a 1.006 WHIP and a 9.2 strikeout rate.

Congratulations Darin!

May 27

I try to see every home game that Darin Gorski pitches in and it’s well worth the trip. He is a great thinking pitcher who uses a terrific change-up and on Monday he was masterful and just keeps getting better.

Gorski capped off a brilliant month of May pitching a two-hit, complete game, Memorial Day masterpiece to help Binghamton past New Britain, 5-0, at NYSEG Stadium. Gorski faced just three batters over the minimum.

The outing didn’t start smoothly for the B-Met ace, when Corey Wimberly ripped Gorski’s first pitch of the game into the left field corner for a double. That pitch, an 89 mph fastball arrived at the plate too high and too tight; a perfect pitch for a batter hitting from the right side, to pull.

But, Gorski is a fast learner. The tall lefthander retired the next 14 batters in succession. Gorski, noted for inducing batters to hit the ball in the air, was in almost perfect form on Monday. Thirteen New Britain batters hit fly balls to the outfield, three to B-Met left fielder Kyle Johnson, four to right fielder Cory Vaughn and six to center fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Ceciliani made an outstanding running grab to almost straightaway centerfield, with with his back to home plate in the second inning.

Gorski got some sparkling defensive help from other teammates, as well. Wilfredo Tovar stabbed a backhand deep in the hole between shortstop and third base and gunned down Tony Thomas in the fifth. After Gorski surrendered a one out walk in the eighth, his only free pass of the contest, Dustin Lawley made a dazzling play moving from third base toward short. With his momentum spinning him off balance, Lawley somehow flipped the ball from his glove hand for the force at second with second baseman Rylan Sandoval completing an acrobatic double play.

Binghamton skipper Pedro Lopez allowed Gorski to finish what he started with the B-Met ace turning in a rare complete game and finished with 112 pitches.

Unlike many of the Met pitching prospects, Gorski does not have a fire-balling power arm. He threw one pitch today that reached 90 mph, but, Gorski is a thinking pitcher who spots his fastball where he wants it and uses a resourceful pitching mix. Gorski’s change-up is his signature pitch, and he uses it liberally and to great success.

Gorski now has a 2.22 ERA for the season with a 1.006 WHIP and a 9.2 strikeout rate. He’s footsteps away from a promotion to Las Vegas.

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  • rubagreta

    Another future Major League starter. The Mets are loaded. He should be heading to LV pretty soon.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Wake me when we have a position player worth watching even sniffing the majors.

  • Jack

    We can always trade the pitching for some hitting.

  • Jack

    He is a lefty too! Sweet!!!

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Yeah? Trade for who? For “some hitting” like it’s so easy. Sandy’s never traded for anything except prospects.

  • Dave_in_Spain

    John, how has Gorski progressed in his time in Bingy? And how does he compare with other arms that have come through town, like Montero, deGrom, Mazzoni, Thor, etc. Do you think he profiles as a ML starter, or as a pen arm? Thanks!

  • Waz0787

    Irrelevant news. Can’t pitch above AA. He is like Randy Johnson of AA

  • Waz0787

    Nothing.

  • Frank Francisco

    Sadly true. Closest guy is Cesar Puello hitting .260/.326/.350 in Vegas. Yawn

  • Lotus1209

    Non prospect. Nothing to get excited about.

  • Lotus1209

    Wally’s fault. He doesn’t play him and favors retreads like Brown and Allen over him.

  • Lotus1209

    Lol nice pitched game but hardly anyone to get excited over. Mark Cohoon did the same couple of years back. Nothing to see here folks… The only pitching prospects you should actually get excited for are Thor, Matz, fulmer, Mateo(eventually) Tapia when he gets his sh!t together, Ynoa, Whalen, Diaz, Flexen if he gets back on track, Morris, Molina and Meisner when short season ball starts.

    That’s still an awful lot. Lmao

  • Lotus1209

    5th starter UPSIDE. Not sure about his splits but IIRC he does better against righties I think? Not sure. All in all a fringe arm that a good team can probably hide in their bullpen playing up to his strengths… So keep him far and away from TC.

  • Frank Francisco

    Not really, you are misinformed.

    Cesar Puello has had the 6th most PA’s on the team and has played in the 5th most games. The only OF with more is MDD.

  • Frank Francisco

    Gorski is a non-prospect. Nice to see him perform well but until he can do it in AAA its nothing to get excited about.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    The Astros will make the playoffs before the Mets do.

  • Rocky Thompson

    John,
    Are you surprised that Greg Peavey was recently promoted to Las Vegas ahead of Darin Gorski? While Gorski is not a top prospect, I think he has more upside than Peavey, plus he is a lefty.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Yeah because Brown, Kirk, MDD [now], all were in the majors for a good amount of time. Puello hasn’t played in the last 4-5 games. He plays one game sits 2 3. I check the box score everyday.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    They even had Allen in the OF over him yesterday. Who the heck is Allen!! [I know who he is but why is he getting abs over Puello]

  • EzRider

    Maybe SA has no intention of moving Puello up this year, until September, but could be getting the others ready for a move to the ML roster just as they have MDD. I could see Brown replacing CY if he continues down this road. Maybe they are looking to trade Abreu to someone who needs a DH/Bench guy and they want to replace him with Kirk or Allen. Maybe Puello has some minor injury or some such.

  • EzRider

    The injuries to Thor and Gee coupled with the poor performance of Colon have not helped things either. Not that they were going to trade Gee or Thor it just makes it harder since others are less “expendable”.

  • B-Met Fan

    I think Darin is undervalued and I’m not sure why. Over the past two seasons, he has pitched brilliantly in Binghamton. Gorski has really evolved as a pitcher. He has an approach on the mound that is thoughtful and specific. Because, so many batters hit the ball in air, Gorski has struggled with a the home run ball over his time in professional baseball. But, that only adds to his intrigue. Darin never seems to lose his poise when an opposing batter goes yard. He just takes the ball and goes back to work. In a day an age with so few left handed pitchers, I hope Darin Gorski gets a look.

  • B-Met Fan

    All those guys have heat. All but Montero throw 94 or 95 as a baseline. That’s not Gorski at all. Gorski’s fastball sits comfortably at 88 or 89. Gorski’s success depends on smarts, a pitching mix and location. He is very effective when he can move his pitches around the lower perimeter of the strike zone. His change-up is his out pitch. I charted him as throwing 42 pitches as change-ups yesterday. That number could be a bit high. I sit right behind home plate and get blocked by the umpire and the speed differential between his change is and curve ball are not that great. I lo ve Gorski as a starting arm, a left-handed arm wedged between two kids who throw in the high 90’s, but that’s a fan’s perspective. Even though I’ll miss seeing him pitch in Binghamton, I’m really hoping he gets a call to Vegas to see what he can do in Triple-A. With the light air and HR tendencies, Vegas will present a stiff challenge. But, if the kid proves he can do it there, he can do it anywhere.

  • TruthOverLies

    Simple reason why he’s undervalued. He doesn’t break the radar gun and he’s not a TeamLoserGM prospect.
    And if given the chance, he will perform better than Wheeler

  • Rocky Thompson

    I remember seeing him in ST 2013 and I think your evaluation is spot on. He seemed extremely poised on the mound and had an idea about his pitch sequence.

  • Jeff Roland

    27 year old in aa with fringe stuff. was hammered last year in his aaa stint

    mabey a loogy but thats about it

  • Not4

    Just say “no” to drugs. Those things will kill you! Not to mention make you write ridiculous posts like these.

  • Not4

    Agree with your premise. Would add in Cessa and Andrew Church into that group.

    Also, there are a slew of other pitchers who are not “exciting” and most will bust out before MLB, but a couple of which could very well turn into useful BP pieces. Guys like Lara, Robles, Walters, Kolarek, Goeddel, Leathersich, Verrett, Gsellman, Pill and Koch (and I guess you could even throw in Gorski just because he is a lefty and crafty but does not have the splits to suggest LOOGY). Most will not amount to anything, but if we can have 2 or 3 of these become useful BP arms, that is a plus!

  • Not4

    Having tracked it all year, there really is not explanation that has been given for his lack of consistent ABs, other than Wally’s saying that he has to spread around the ABs among several players. I’d have Puello starting 5 out of 6 games each week.