School: University of Delaware
Cardinal: Selected in the 13th round of the June, 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
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JS (23): "Gorecki will likely be given a chance to make the team out of spring training, but will most likely begin the season at Triple-A Memphis in 2006. At 25, he would be too old if he were to repeat Double-A. His stats at Springfield in 2005 were very ugly, so it would appear unlikely that he would begin the season in St. Louis, having not had any success in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Another year similar to 2005 would completely drop Gorecki off my list."
LM (NR): "I debated Gorecki's inclusion in the Top 40 as much as any other player that I considered. He has been a ray of hope in the Cardinals' minor league system since being drafted in the 13th round of the 2002 draft. He did well in his brief taste of Double-A in 2004 and appeared poised for a break-out year this season in Double-A Springfield. Instead he went .182/.264/.277 at Springfield and was demoted to Palm Beach on May 30th. A three-week stint on the disabled list at Palm Beach for an ankle injury may have helped Gorecki as he went .325/.405/.488 from the time he was activated on July 18th through the season's end. Still, Gorecki's age and prior experience work against him. He turns 25 this month and completed his second stint at class A-Advanced Palm Beach this year. He should do well at that level. He was one of the oldest players on the Palm Beach roster. I might have ranked him barely making this list but in the end he becomes another one of my arguments for why both Boggs and Hoffpauir should have been rated higher."
RM (NR): "There can only be 40 names on a 40 man prospect list and Gorecki didn't make my list. This could make me one of those people who they say shouldn't be allowed to vote, as the Cardinals have him on their 40 man roster and I don't even rank him as a Top 40 prospect. It comes down to what I always say, who are you going to believe Walt Jocketty and the St. Louis Cardinals or me? Before the season started Gorecki was ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals #11 prospect. Their take is, he is the best outfielder in the organization and has the speed, instincts and arm to be a center fielder. In 2004 the Cardinals crowned him the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year, on the strength of his steady improvements over the course of the season and throughout the AFL season. He died at AA Springfield this season for about a month and a half. In 46 games he hit just .182 with only three home runs and 16 runs batted in, in a 159 at bats. At best Gorecki is probably three years away from the majors. I hope to see him get back on track next season. I expect he'll start the season at Palm Beach and could see some playing time in Springfield before it's over, but he's no longer on the express lane to the majors, in spite of still being on the 40 man roster."
BW (22): "Everyone remembers how Gorecki started on his team's taxi squad last season in the Arizona Fall League, exceeded expectations with his solid play and parlayed it into a spot on the 40-man roster. I spoke with the confident Gorecki this spring, who hoped to make the big club. Instead, he struggled in Double-A and returned to Palm Beach, where he put up a season much like 2004. 2006 will present Gorecki with the opportunity to either prove his mettle or signal that his previous success may not be sustainable."
STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated