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Farm report: Gorski reigns as top pitcher

August, 29, 2012
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Darin Gorski’s 2011 season began in Class A St. Lucie’s bullpen. So the left-hander surely did not expect the script that unfolded the remainder of the year.

Gorski received a spot start with the Florida State League club because a rainout resulted in a doubleheader and the need for an extra arm. He ended up tossing six scoreless innings and remained in the rotation.


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Darin Gorski


The southpaw went on to be honored at Citi Field in September as the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year after posting an 11-3 record and league-best 2.08 ERA. He shagged fly balls in Queens with other award winners before a Mets game, met Tom Seaver and was recognized during a pregame ceremony.

“I’ll put it this way: When we broke camp, I was never expecting to be in position to receive that award,” Gorski said. “But just the way the season went, things kind of fell into the right place. And I took the opportunity and ran with it. I learned a lot about pitching while I was down there [in St. Lucie]. I learned a lot coming out of the bullpen, too. An important aspect of my development that season was coming out of the bullpen. For the most part, I just kind of took off.”

A seventh-round pick in 2009 out of Kutztown University, where he pitched in the Division II College World Series his freshman season, Gorski has continued his progress at Double-A Binghamton this season.

Entering his final start, Thursday at Reading, the 6-foot-4 Gorski is 9-7 with a 3.66 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) in the Eastern League. He has allowed 123 hits and 49 walks while striking out 116 in 137 2/3 innings.

His final 2012 Eastern League start figures to be meaningful. Gorski grew up 45 minutes away from Reading’s ballpark, in Mount Joy, Pa. (which also produced Bruce Sutter). And Kutztown University is only 15 minutes from the ballpark.

Gorski’s fastball does not have eye-popping velocity -- it sits at 89-90 mph, but it’s close enough to major league average to be successful, especially from the left side. He also throws a slider and changeup.

“I feel now, as opposed to the start of the year, I’m more polished and I have a better understanding what I’m trying to do with my pitch set and what I like to do when I go out there,” Gorski said. “I definitely feel a lot more comfortable than at the start of the year, so I take that as a positive.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .316; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .308; Cam Maron, Savannah, .303; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .295; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .292; Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, .289; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .286; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .279.

Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 24; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 23; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 18.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 82; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 75; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 72; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 68; Dustin Lawley, Savannah, 66.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 39; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 24; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 21; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 21.

ERA: Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 1.20; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.30; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.31; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.36; Jacob deGrom, St. Lucie, 2.48; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 2.58; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 2.69; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.74; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.91; Rainy Lara, Brooklyn, 3.10.

Wins: Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 11; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 11; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 11; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 10.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 22; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 18; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 18; Adrian Rosario, St. Lucie, 14.

Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 143; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 135; Jeurys Familia, Buffalo, 119; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 116; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 113.

Short hops

• 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini is joining Brooklyn for its remaining regular-season games, plus the playoffs assuming the Cyclones qualify. Cecchini hit .246 with one homer and 22 RBIs in 191 at-bats with Kingsport, which completed its season Tuesday. A shortstop, Cecchini has been limited to DH duty since Aug. 12 because he is playing with a fracture at the tip of the middle finger on his throwing hand. Cecchini has begun a pregame throwing program.

Cecchini’s arrival means the Cyclones have the team’s last two first-round picks assigned there. 2011 first-rounder Brandon Nimmo is hitting .264 with five homers, 37 RBIs and a .385 on-base percentage in 239 at-bats with the Coney Island club.

• Brooklyn (41-27) leads Batavia (39-29) by two games in the league wild-card standings with eight games remaining. The Cyclones trail division-leader Hudson Valley (46-22) by five games.

• St. Lucie’s Ryan Ellis has been named Florida State League manager of the year. He received the South Atlantic League manager of the year honor in 2011 while skippering Savannah. St. Lucie, despite being swept in a doubleheader Tuesday, is two wins shy of matching the club’s single-season win record of 81, which came in 2000, with a team that included Heath Bell, Endy Chavez and Jason Phillips. Five games remain during the regular season.

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BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
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