MiLB announced the monthly award winners around the minors yesterday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates were represented on that list by outfielder Matt Gorski. He won for the High-A South Atlantic League, though he’s been with Double-A Altoona for nearly two weeks. Gorski was recently named as the Pirates Prospect Player of the Month for May.
Gorski only needed three weeks to win this award, but he had quite the three weeks. He was named as the Player of the Week by both us and the SAL during his final week in the league, after hitting eight homers and putting up a 1.980 OPS. He hit .328/.408/1.000 in 18 games for Greensboro in May, and led the SAL in homers, RBIs, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases. Through Thursday night’s results, he was hitting .288/.379/.686 in 45 games this year, with 18 homers and 11 steals in 12 attempts.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.