Cardinals Arizona Fall Series: Scott Gorgen

An exclusive interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Scott Gorgen.

In September, the St. Louis Cardinals made a change in their 2009 Arizona Fall League contingent, scratching right-hander Lance Lynn, the consensus Pitcher of the Year in the organization, and replacing him with another righty starter, Scott Gorgen.

Gorgen made 11 AFL relief appearances posting an 0-1 record, 7.15 ERA, one hold, one save, and 2.29 WHIP. He allowed 17 hits, nine earned runs, two home runs, hit one batter, walked nine, and struck out 11 over 11 1/3 innings.

Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch was among the organization's contingent watching AFL games earlier this month and offered the following about Gorgen.

"Gorgen is working on a few things in Arizona, and has had some good and bad outings," Vuch observed. ‘He's getting a lot of his strikeouts on his changeup which is a quality pitch for him. Overall, the pitching coaches with the Surprise club have had quite a few positive things to say about him, so this has been a good opportunity for him to make up for some of those innings that he missed early in the season, by pitching against quality opposition in Arizona."

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Gorgen 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 walked 68 batters in 2009. Gorgen held opposing hitters to a collective .221 average.

Making Double-A and pitching in the AFL during 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.

In 2008, he pitched in the New York-Penn League and was named our Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Rookie Starting Pitcher of the Year. Gorgen 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, was also in the AFL, playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Exclusive for Scout.com/The Cardinal Nation subscribers: In an audio interview, Gorgen discusses his injury status, his 2009 season, his aspirations and more.

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Jeff Luhnow (four-part)
Bryan Anderson
Mike Parisi
Daryl Jones
Gary Daley Jr.
Daniel Descalso



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