Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Matt Gorski Keeps Raking & More

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Matt Gorski carries High-A Greensboro to victory

There is a very strong argument to be made that the two best hitters in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system this season currently play for the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers. One of these two hitters is outfielder Matt Gorski.

The 24-year-old Gorski, who was the 57th overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft, appears to be finally putting it all together as a hitter and is primed to shoot up prospect boards this season. Sunday afternoon Gorski was 3-for-4 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI. This included Gorski launching a walk off home run in a 4-3 Grasshopper victory, improving their record to 17-21 on the season.

This was the third time this week that Gorski hit multiple home runs in the same game. His 17 home runs are by far the most in the Pirate farm system. Gorski now has an 1.137 OPS on the season and should find himself with Double-A Altoona sooner rather than later.

Jacob Gonzalez is the other hitter for Greensboro who has bene arguably the best hitter in the Pirate farm system this season. Despite a rare 0-for-3 performance on Sunday afternoon, Gonzalez still has a 1.282 OPS since being promoted from Bradenton to Greensboro.

Hudson Head went 1-for-3 with a walk and his 8th double of the season in the victory. Dariel Lopez had the only other hit and was the only other Grasshopper base runner. It was truly the Matt Gorski show on Sunday afternoon.

On the pitching end of things Jared Jones started for the Grasshoppers. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, a walk and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings pitched. Jones now has 44 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched this season.

Santiago Florez, Michell Miliano, Eddy Yean and Cam Junker each pitched a scoreless inning out of the Grasshopper bullpen. This quartet each walked a batter, but none of them allowed a hit, while Miliano and Junker each struck a batter out.