Pittsburgh Pirates: Five Forgotten Position Player Prospects

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Outfielder Matt Gorski

The Pirates drafted Matt Gorski in the second-round of the 2019 draft. Gorski was selected out of Indiana University of Bloomington. He saw a little bit of time all around the field, starting out his college career behind the dish, then first base, and finally the outfield, along with 2 more games at second base. He showed some solid power potential, but also some concerns in his swing.

Gorski showed off the power-speed combo teams love to see. He had a .193 isolated slugging percentage, blasted 17 home runs, and swiped 18 bases in 18 attempts. But things didn’t go all that smoothly. He had just a .223 batting average, struck out 31.2% of the time, had just an 8.5% walk rate, and .294 OBP. Gorski ended up with just a .309 wOBA and 89 wRC+.

Gorski has always been praised for his solid power and speed. He has 50-grade projected game and raw power. Plus he’s a 55-grade runner. He’s also a decent fielder. He’s a 55-projected glove with a 55-grade arm. Though his hit tool is only a 40-projected.

Gorski has some solid power, good speed, and is a good fielder. But he has issues making contact consistently, something that was brought up during FanGraphs’ write-up on the outfielder. If Gorski can continue to show good power, speed, and fielding, he may become a very good 4th outfielder. He’s still very projectable even though he’s a bit older (turns 24 on December 22nd).