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

An article by posted on May 28, 2014

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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MMO Minor League Analyst John Bernhardt is a retired public school teacher and administrator, who still coaches high school baseball. Growing up in a Yankees household, Bernhardt was an ardent Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra fan. When the Yankees fired Yogi in his first season as the Bomber manager, curiosity turned to passion when the Mets signed Berra as a player/coach and he has pulled for the Mets ever since. In retirement, John writes the sports for a local weekly, The Catskill Mountain News and hosts Tip-Off, a Friday morning sports hour, from 8:00-9:00 on WIOX, 91.3 F.M.

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