Thursday, February 4, 2010

Top 15 Pitchers: #14 Matt Gorgen

[Note: Matt Gorgen's rank was changed after his Arizona Fall League stint, and after the rest of the rankings were done. I changed it in one document but not the other, so I wound up skipping him. Here's the Gorgen profile, and the updated ranking list can be found on the sidebar.]

Matt Gorgen
6'0" 210 lbs DOB: 1/27/1987
Right-Handed Pitcher
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
2009: Charlotte Rays/Montgomery Biscuits
Acquired: 2008 Draft, 16th Round, 473rd Overall

After dominating the New York-Penn league in his 2008 debut, the Rays bumped reliever Gorgen up two levels, skipping him over Bowling Green to Charlotte. He had no trouble carrying over his success from 2008, posting a 0.57 ERA in 47.2 innings for the Crabs, boasting a 59-16 strikeout-walk rate.

It was a late-season promotion to Montgomery where the first sign of trouble appeared for Gorgen. In 22 innings with the Biscuits, his ERA(2.38) was fine, but his strikeout rate slipped and his control deserted him. This trend continued in the Arizona Fall League, where he allowed over two and a half baserunners per inning. His time with the Biscuits and Desert Dogs in Arizona combined for only 30 innings, so it's important to keep the relatively small sample size in mind. Still, there's no denying that he's struggled facing more advanced hitters.

While his FSL stats and his AA struggles are reminiscent of Ryan Reid from a season ago, Gorgen has better stuff and was more age-appropriate than Reid was. His fastball isn't overpowering, sitting in the 91-92 range, but he throws a good change-up and has flashed plus breaking pitches. He's going to need to command the fastball to get ahead in counts and set hitters up, something he was able to do in Charlotte but not with Montgomery or Phoenix. He'll be 23 years old for the 2010 season, which will begin for him back in the Montgomery bullpen. If he can get his control back... under control and prove that his stuff can play against more advanced hitters, then a promotion to Durham after the All-Star break is possible.


  1. His ceiling isn't high is it?

  2. he has closer potential, but more likely a set-up man or other bullpen type

  3. Gorgen traded, PTBNL in qualls deal.