In terms of raw all-around toolsets, there were few college hitters better than Gorski in the 2019 Draft class. Some struggles in the Cape Cod League last summer hurt his stock a bit, and he struggled with swing and miss issues during his junior year, though he helped Indiana win the Big Ten Conference regular-season title. The Pirates grabbed him in the second round and signed him for a below-slot bonus of $1 million, making him the highest-drafted Hoosiers player since Kyle Schwarber went in the first round of the 2014 Draft.
Gorski has a big league body at 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds, and his strength, leverage and bat speed give him plus raw power. But he sold out for home runs as a junior, and scouts were worried about the length of his right-handed swing, his pull-heavy mentality and his lack of pitch recognition. He still could do a lot of damage while making more consistent contact if he employed a more disciplined approach.
If he hits, Gorski could be a star. He has plus speed to go with his raw pop and could be a 20-20 player. He has the range to become an asset in center field with more experience, and he has solid arm strength that plays up because of outstanding throwing accuracy. He saw more time in center than anywhere else during his pro debut, but did play all three outfield spots in the New York-Penn League.
CF Matt Gorski assigned to West Virginia Black Bears.