Gorgen Replaces Lynn in Arizona Fall League

One right-handed pitcher replaces another for the St. Louis Cardinals in the AFL as Scott Gorgen is added to the organization's contingent replacing Lance Lynn.

The St. Louis Cardinals have made a second change in their 2009 Arizona Fall League contingent, scratching right-hander Lance Lynn and replacing him with another righty starter, Scott Gorgen. Earlier as first reported here, following David Kopp's shoulder surgery, Gary Daley had been added to the roster of the Surprise Rafters to take Kopp's place.

The Cardinals have eight players competing this year, four pitchers and four position players. They include pitchers Daley (Springfield), Gorgen (Springfield), Mike Parisi (Memphis) and Adam Reifer (Palm Beach), catcher Bryan Anderson (Memphis), second baseman Daniel Descalso (Memphis), and outfielders Tyler Henley (Springfield) and Daryl Jones (Springfield).

Lynn's exit from AFL play was not a big surprise to me as I questioned his initial selection, not due to his abilities, but because of his heavy workload. In just his second year as a professional, the 22-year-old right-hander threw 153 innings across three levels, tops in the Cardinals system.

Another danger sign was in his final outing, the second of Springfield's three playoff games against Northwest Arkansas. In his worst showing of the season, Lynn was battered for seven earned runs on six hits and four walks in just 4 1/3 innings. While that was probably not the way Lynn wanted his standout season to end, keeping him out of the AFL seems prudent.

In the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Gorgen, the Cardinals added one of their smallest starting pitchers to replace one of their largest in the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Lynn. Gorgen pitches larger than his size however, having posted a 3.90 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 129 1/3 innings between Palm Beach and Springfield this summer.

The 22-year-old's overall record was just 7-10 and he needs to work on his control, having walked 68 batters in 2009. Gorgen held opposing hitters to a collective .221 average.

Making Double-A in the middle of his first full professional season should be considered a major accomplishment, even more so given that Gorgen had a spring scare. Shoulder pain that was suspected to have been a labrum tear was instead a nerve problem that after late-January surgery, cost Gorgen only a month of the regular season.

Pitching in the New York-Penn League last year, Gorgen was named our Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Rookie Starting Pitcher of the Year and ranked number 26 in our annual Top 40 Prospect List coming into the season.

Scott was originally selected by the Cardinals from the University of California-Irvine in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. His twin brother Matt, who played for Cal, was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 16th round of the same draft. Matt, a closer, is also in the AFL, playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

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