Isolated Slugging Percentage and Slugging Percentage
We talked a lot about Matt Gorski when we discussed Endy Rodriguez, and he was also a force at the dish. Through 325 plate appearances, Gorski slashed .280/.358/.598. He walked at a healthy 10.2% walk rate and demolished a total of 23 dingers. Last season, the outfielder clocked just 17 in 76 more plate appearances. But on the downside, he also struck out 28.6% of the time.
Gorski’s big power breakout led to him leading all Pirates minor leaguers in both power statistics. The first is slugging percentage, which is how many total bases a player hits for every at-bat (different from plate appearances). Gorski was just two points shy of reaching a .600 slugging percentage and eight points above the aforementioned Rodriguez.
The other power stat Gorski led all Pittsburgh Pirates in was isolated slugging percentage (batting average subtracted from slugging percentage). At .318, he was far and away the best power hitter in the system this year. Rodriguez ranked second but still fell over 50 points shy from Gorski with a .266 mark.
On top of his prodigious power, Gorski also swiped 20 bags and provided a solid outfield glove. He also provides some versatility, having the ability to operate at first base. Although Gorski’s production took a hit when he moved from Greensboro to Altoona, he still had a robust .844 OPS, .370 wOBA, and 130 wRC+. Gorski made his Triple-A debut, and if he starts 2023 like he started 2022, he’ll surely be one of the Pirates’ early-season promotions.