2009 Cardinals Prospect #26 – Scott Gorgen

The fourth-round pick was named our Cardinals Minor League Rookie Pitcher of the Year, yet still seems to not receive his just share of recognition. Will 2009 be his coming out party?

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to full 2008 and career stats)

2008 ranking: Not applicable

Position: SP

DOB: 1/27/1987

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 190

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

School: Cal-Irvine

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the fourth round (125th overall) in the June, 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Selected 2008 stats

BAT 5 2 2.32 14 6 0 54.1 37 14 3 17 60 0.79 0.186

Staff comments (individual rankings in parens)

Dustin Mattison (29): The fourth round pick out of UC-Irvine enjoyed a fine first professional season and looks like he has the potential to be a fast-mover. A former member of Team USA with experience on the international stage, Gorgen struck out 60 in 54.2 innings while yielding only 17 walks. The New York Penn League managed only a .186 average against the right-hander.

With the ability to throw his three pitches for strikes, Gorgen fell to the Cardinals due to his 5-foot-10 frame. He possesses an above average changeup that has late drop. Gorgen works his fastball in the high eighties while occasionally hitting the low nineties. His curveball is a major league average at best but Gorgen maximizes the pitch with his superb command. With his polished approach, pitching at the Double-A level at some point in 2009 would not be a surprise.

Ray Mileur (23): Playing for the short-season Batavia Muckdogs, Gorgen posted a record of 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA, appearing in 14 games, including six starts. He held opposing batters to a .186 batting average, while striking out 60 batters in just 54.1 innings pitched, while walking only 17. Gorgen picked up the Birdhouse Minor League Rookie Starter of the Year Award and will likely start the season at Quad Cities. I mean with a WHIP of 0.99, what else does he have to prove at short-season ball?

Message board community (31): Gorgen elicited varied opinions from the Birdhouse community. Some thought he should be ranked extremely high while others thought even his #31 ranking was too high. Regardless, his statistical results at Batavia compared vary favorably to 2007 first year players Jess Todd and Clayton Mortensen who were ranked much higher last year.

The knock by some against Gorgen is that he doesn't project as well as some players. While he supposedly has three pitches, none of them are dominant. He also (like Todd) faces vertical challenges. Where Gorgen starts the year in 2009 could be interesting to watch. Todd started at high A and Mortenson at AA but Gorgen faces a much improved minor league pitching depth chart and could find himself only able to move up to class A Quad Cities to start the season. - CariocaCardinal

Brian Walton (22): I don't understand why Gorgen doesn't get more respect. Coming from a tall guy here, I think height is used by some as a filter before ever seeing a guy pitch. I saw Gorgen on the mound for Batavia this summer and was impressed by his results.

Count farm director Jeff Luhnow among those who believe Gorgen is overlooked. "Last year, not a lot of people knew too much about (Jess) Todd or were paying too much attention to him, but Gorgen could be this year's Todd. He's got a good changeup and ability to work around the zone and stay away from the middle of the sweet spot for the hitters. Smart kid. I think he has a chance to do something special."

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