Gabryszwski, who stands at 6-foot-4 and has a fastball ranging between 91 and 93, said it feels good to start his professional career.
"I just really didn't want to go to school, to be honest," he admitted. "I wanted a certain amount of money and whenever they gave it to me, I was like, ‘okay, I'll go do it.'
"I'm even more excited now than when I signed. It feels just to wake up and play baseball every day."
Gabryszwski pitched in three games for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, making one start and coming on in relief for the other two. He pitched 4.1 innings total, allowing no runs on three hits. He struck out five batters and walked one.
"He looks great — good stuff, competes well, commands the ball," GCL pitching coach John Wesley said. "He looks like a good one."
After three appearances in the Gulf Coast League, Gabryszwski was called up to Bluefield during their late-season playoff push.
"I actually was really surprised," said Gabryszwski. "I was packing my stuff up to go home to Houston. I honestly didn't think I was going to do it because I only threw five innings down in the GCL."
Between the GCL and the Appalachian League, Gabryszwski tossed ten innings including his playoff appearances. He struck out eleven hitters and posted a 1.80 ERA.
"I thought I did really good," said Gabryszwski. "I threw strikes and got outs. I'm more worried about working on my pitches than getting my stats up. I thought I did really well with that."
Bluefield pitching coach Antonio Caceres only got to work with Gabryszwski for a short time, but he said he was impressed with what he saw.
"He commands three pitches and he competes," said Caceres. "He's not afraid to throw the ball in the zone. He's got a good feel for the zone. He's polished. He's a really polished kid for high school. There are only so many high school kids that can compete at this level. It's nice to see him come in here and pitch the way he pitched."
When Gabryszwski arrived in Bluefield, Caceres reworked the way he throws his changeup.
"I changed his changeup grip to a four-seam circle changeup," said Caceres. "He threw it in the first inning he pitched and he came in and said, ‘that [pitch] works.' I like what I saw."
Gabryszwski said he has done well working down and getting outs, but he is going to continue working on making improvements with his command.
"I need to work on more about hitting my spots directly on," said Gabryszwski. "I'm close, but I'm not close enough. Sometimes I get a little lazy and a pitch creeps down the middle or creeps a little too far out for a ball. I think I need to hit my spots a little more."
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