Mets Reward Gorski With Pitcher Of The Year Honors





NEW YORK—Lefthander Darin Gorski stood near home plate at Citi Field, dressed in a suit and surrounded by Mets executives who bestowed the 24-year-old with the organization's pitcher of the year award.

Gorski began the season in the high Class A St. Lucie bullpen, so he could be forgiven for wondering exactly how he got to that point. At least for one day, the 2009 seventh-round pick from Division II Kutztown (Pa.) had jumped past the system's top pitching prospects, such as righthanders Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia.

"Unbelievable," Gorski said. "There's no way to describe that. There's a handful of guys in the organization who really have great, great arms. I had the privilege of watching Harvey throw, watching Familia throw, and everybody throw early in the year.

"To watch those guys throw and to be honored with those guys is really unbelievable."

If it was unlikely, it was also well deserved. Gorski went 11-3 with a Florida State League-best 2.08 ERA for St. Lucie, ranking third in the circuit with 140 strikeouts, against 29 walks, in 139 innings. He led all FSL starters with a 1.00 WHIP.

Gorski's big break came about because of a rainout. St. Lucie needed a spot starter to cover one game of a May 15 doubleheader. "Then I got the opportunity to start the game after that," he said. "It just kind of went from there. To be able to finish the year as a starter, that felt good to be able to help the team get to the championship series."

St. Lucie won the FSL Southern Division in the first half, before fading in the second. Gorski did his part by going 6-3, 2.57 in 12 second-half starts.

"I was just going out there trying to do my job for the team every night," he said. "To get awarded on top of that was basically the icing on the cake."

Daytona ultimately swept St. Lucie out of the FSL finals, three games to none, but Gorski pitched well enough. In two playoff starts, he went 0-1, 4.15 with eight whiffs in 13 innings.

"Your job is to get guys out," Gorski said, "regardless of how hard you're throwing it."

METAMORPHOSES

• The Mets promoted Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel to big league third-base coach, replacing Chip Hale.

• First baseman/right fielder Lucas Duda scrapped plans to play in the Venezuelan League after spending most of the season in the big leagues.