Darin Gorski pitched in Las Vegas last night and put up another strong start. In 6.1 IP, he allowed 1 ER, 5 H and 2 BB. He fanned 11 batters in the game and picked up the win. In four starts in Triple-A, Gorski is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA. His overall line is worse, thanks to an awful relief outing. Hey, here’s an idea — quit pitching him in relief! Since 2012, Gorski has allowed 7 ER in 11 IP as a reliever, which is a 5.73 ERA. In that same span as a starter, he’s posted a 3.16 ERA (105 ER in 298.2 IP).
Many thought he couldn’t handle pitching in Las Vegas when he struggled there at the beginning of 2013. But his struggles could be directly traced to a shoulder injury. Once he returned from the injury, he was sent to Double-A and pitched well the remainder of the season.
Curiously, he was sent back to Binghamton to begin the 2014 season. After excelling there once again – lifetime 19-11, 3.02 mark in Double-A – he finally got the call to Triple-A.
A fly ball pitcher and the hitter-friendly PCL is a recipe for disaster. But Gorski has put up solid numbers, despite allowing 51 fly balls compared to 22 ground balls at Triple-A. And three of his four starts have come at home at Cashman Field.
In 25 IP, Gorski has 24 Ks and 10 BB. That’s more free passes than you would like to see, but he’s succeeded thanks to allowing just 2 HR.
A 2.4 K/BB ratio while averaging nearly a K per inning in a tough environment is quite a feat for Gorski, the pitcher that the organization seems to never count as one of its top prospects.
Yet if he keeps pitching like he did Thursday night in Las Vegas, he’ll get a chance.