Rebecca Mehling/Indiana Athletics

Indiana Outfielder Matt Gorski Drafted in Second Round by Pittsburgh Pirates

Sitting in the dugout with a wrist injury, Matt Gorski’s IU baseball career didn’t end how he had envisioned.

But it only took a day for the former Hoosier outfielder to realize a dream.

With the 57th pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gorski on Monday night.

The Fishers, Ind. native is the highest draft choice of an IU player since Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs.

IU fans based in the Hoosier state might eventually be able to keep close tabs on Gorski.  The Pirates AAA affiliate is the Indianapolis Indians.  IU plays each year at Victory Field, the home ballpark of the Indians, which is just about a half an hour from Gorski’s hometown.

At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds with speed, Gorski has all of the physical tools to have a long professional career.

Gorski was named first team All-Big Ten in 2018 and second team in 2019.  He was an All-Big Ten Freshman team selection in 2017.

For the 2019 season, the outfielder hit .271.  He drew 37 walks and had an on base percentage of .374.  He added 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 46 runs batted in.

A major threat on the base paths, Gorski led the team in both runs scored with 58 and stolen bases with 18.  He stole 57 bases during his career, which is 25th nationally among active players according to IU.

Gorski is the 95th all-time MLB draft choice at IU, and the seventh-highest draft pick of a Hoosier ever.

The 2019 MLB Draft continues on Tuesday with rounds 3-10 and concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40.


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