Posted by Thomas Brennan at 11:00 AM
A CALL TO ARMS – VOLUME 6 – GREG PEAVEY OR DARIN GORSKI: YOU PICK by Tom Brennan
If you are just tuning in to my “Call to Arms” series, I have stated the obvious and will do so again: when it comes to starters: the Mets' cupboards are bursting.
Seven current big league starters: Colon, Harvey, deGrom, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, and Montero.
Two uber-prospects who on many other teams could be in the starting rotation in April 2015: Thor and Matz
Three dudes who have made quite the case as to being major league ready, or nearly so: Logan Verrett, Matt Bowman, and Tyler Pill.
Then the next rung of 3: Erik Goeddel, Gabe Ynoa and Greg Peavey. This #13 - #15 category of starters comprises borderline guys, or ones showing great promise but who are a little further back from the majors in terms of youth and lower development level. Gabriel Ynoa falls into the latter promising youth category, and was the topic of my Volume 5 article.
Well – as I thought about it some more, to add Mr. Peavey and not to add Darin Gorski would be unfair.
So I’ll let them split the #15 spot, as between the two of them, I see at best one #5 spot.
You pick which one (if either) that you think will be a future major league starter. My guess would be Gorski, as he has plain just pitched better, but I could be wrong. You, the reader, therefore should weigh in.
So what about Darin Gorski?
Gorski has been around the longer of the two, having been drafted in 2009 in the 7th round. Along the way, the pitcher (who will be 27 all of next season) had a great 2011 for St Lucie (11-3, 2.08, a K per inning, and a 1.00 WHIP) and in stints in Binghamton in 2013 and 2014 (combined 131 innings, 10-3, 1.99 ERA). Shades of another lefty, Sandy Koufax?
Wait just a second there, buddy boy:
Las Vegas has proven to be a whole ‘nother thing for Gorski though: in 2013 and 2014, 61 innings, 44 runs allowed – OUCH!
Darin went down with a season-ending injury after a fine AAA outing on July 21 (5 innings, 3 unearned runs, 9 Ks). And actually, his AAA #’s in 2014 were badly tainted by just two of his 10 Vegas outings, where he surrendered 14 total runs in 6 innings. He otherwise pitched reasonably well in AAA. And he did K 51 in 47 innings there. The more I write, the more I like.
For his career, 42-30, 3.46, 647 innings, 596 Ks, 1.21 WHIP. 2.9 walks per 9 is fine too. Very commendable.
I could see him starting as a fifth starter for another team, or a LOOGY reliever, although the past 2 years he was better vs. righties.
So let’s turn now to Greg Peavey.
Peavey, drafted in the 6th round of 2010, is 9 months the junior of Mr. Gorski, and his minor league career ERA is a run per game higher (4.48 vs. 3.46), his WHIp is higher (at 1.33), his K rate is lower (6.6 per 9 vs. Gorski’s 8.3 per 9). Hands down, the choice is Gorski, right?
Well, Peavey’s #’s have been destroyed by his pitching time in Vegas. In 2013 and 2014, he has surrendered 77 earned runs, 116 hits, and 44 walks in just 92 innings. Otherwise, he has pitched fine. Kinda like saying, though, that the Titanic sailed great until it hit that piece of frozen water in the ocean. Excluding Vegas, he is 32-19, with a decent 3.82 in the other 428 innings of his minors career.
Purportedly has a low 90’s fastball. But he has to show he can handle Vegas. Until then, he is a righty Pat Misch in my books. I’m not being nasty in that comparison. Pat managed to start 24 games in the majors and relieve in 54 others.
So again, my vote is Gorski. But you pick, don’t make me do all the work!
Neither, I presume, will be on the Mets’ 40 man roster. We’ll see if either are plucked away.
That concludes my VOLUME 6 article. Two more Volumes (7 & 8) in the days to come – so keep reading!