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Tom Gorzelanny

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Tom Gorzelanny
Name: Thomas Stephen Gorzelanny
Born: Jul 12, 1982 in Evergreen Park, IL
High School: Marist HS, Chicago
Junior College: Triton (Ill.) JC
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 218 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 2nd round (45th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003 (signed for $775,000)
The White Sox drafted Gorzelanny in the 18th round out of an Illinois high school three years ago, and then he all but disappeared from the baseball map. He redshirted at Kansas in 2001 and went 3-7, 5.90 as a freshman in 2002. He started to make major strides with the Jayhawks in fall practice but also flunked out of school, prompting his transfer back home to Triton JC. Gorzelanny threw great at the beginning of the year, reaching 91-94 mph with run and sink to both sides of the plate. He didn't maintain his arm slot or his mechanics throughout the year, which cost him velocity and effectiveness at times. He's not just a 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefty with a strong arm. His low-80s slider will be a plus pitch if it becomes more consistent, and he also has shown an average changeup. The White Sox have shown interest in Gorzelanny, and he'd be an option if they wanted to go cheap in the first round and spend more money on later picks. Most likely, he'll be a third- to fifth-rounder.
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