Q&A with Mets 7th Round Pick Darin Gorski

Q&A with Mets 7th Round Pick Darin Gorski

The Mets selected Kutztown University left-hander Darin Gorski with the 7th round and 224th overall pick. He spoke with Inside Pitch about his repertoire, his style of pitching, his thoughts on Citi Field and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us, what is going through you mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?

Darin Gorski: I'm just excited. I went up there for the workout on Sunday—loved the new park—and was talking to Scott Hunter about everything. It seemed like everything was good about the Mets and after I saw my name pop up I was extremely excited.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you?

Gorski: The draft is a funny thing—you never really know what is going to happen. I kind of had a feeling that they were interested so it was nice to see my name pop up when it said Mets.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

Gorski: No. Basically all I could tell you is the Single-A team plays in Brooklyn and hopefully that's where I'll be heading this summer.

Inside Pitch: What type of pitcher are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

Gorski: I guess I am just that—a pitcher. I don't throw overly hard, but I try to mix up my pitches, hit spots and change location on a guy to keep him off balance. I guess I'm just excited to see how it translates to the next level. We'll see how everything pans out but I feel like I have good opportunity with this organization and think that things can work out well.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any ideas or projections of where you may go in the draft or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?

Gorski: I was told somewhere in the top ten rounds by a couple scouts so that was basically the feel I was getting and I was pretty happy with those numbers. It all worked out pretty well.

Inside Pitch: Can you describe your repertoire? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs the most work?

Gorski: I throw a four-seam fastball which is high 80s to low 90s, and then I throw a slider, a split finger fastball and a changeup. [My best pitch] all depends on the situation really. I like to spot the fastball, it seems like a pitch I can throw off of. I feel like all of my pitches are pretty well developed and with some professional instruction I feel like they should all work out.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers, and Mets fans, a better image of what you look like on the mound, is there someone at the big league level you could compare your style to?

Gorski: It's tough to say being on another level and all. I like to think I'm my own person when it comes to that stuff.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

Gorski: I was a big fan of Roger Clemens growing up, but I never really had a favorite team. I was just a fan of watching baseball.

Inside Pitch: What would you say was your best baseball moment by far?

Gorski: It would have to be pitching in the College World Series my freshman year. It was probably my most memorable times in baseball, but hopefully there are many more to come.

Inside Pitch: I'm sure you know New York is known for its high-intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of playing in New York one day?

Gorski: I love the idea of playing in New York. Like I said, I was at the park on Sunday and it's a beautiful place. I wouldn't mind playing there someday down the road.

Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and get your career started immediately?

Gorski: Right now I'm just going to spend time with family and enjoy the whole moment and then get back to work tomorrow.

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