Matt Gorski had a fantastic season that had an unfortunate ending. The 24-year-old always had the tools, and they were recognized early on his in professional career when he was taken in the second round in 2019.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 11, 2019
It’s always been about putting everything together and having the results show up on the field. He showed signs of it in 2021, collecting 17 home runs and 18 stolen bases with Greensboro. Even putting up those numbers, he still finished with a .223 average and 89 wRC+ with a lot of that due to his 31.2% strikeout rate.
He started the season back in Greensboro, made a change in his swing and the rest is pretty much history.
You can argue how you felt the system did in 2022, whether it mostly took a step forward or in the opposite direction, but you can’t argue the giant leap that Gorski made playing this season up until his injury.
Endy Rodriguez is the obvious choice for the breakout player this year, but it should always be noted at the work they did to help with the change in Gorski’s swing that allowed him to truly take off in 2022.
It’s unclear if him re-injuring his quad that he hurt earlier in the year is going to put a hold on him going to the Arizona Fall League, but you would have to imagine the Pirates are going to want to err on the side of caution with the outfielder.
Either way, if you are looking at what went right in the system this year, Gorski should be one of the first names mentioned. He played himself from being on the edge of transitioning into a depth role, into a very strong candidate to be added to the 40-man roster this off-season.
Those are the kind of success stories the Pirates front office needs.
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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.