Pirates select Gorski in 2nd round of MLB Draft

Matt Gorski is the first Hoosier off the board.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gorski in the second round with the 57th overall pick of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, making him the highest Indiana draft pick since Kyle Schwarber went fourth overall in 2014.

Gorski is the 95th all-time draft pick at IU, the seventh-highest Hoosier drafted in program history and the 17th overall IU player to be picked in the top five rounds.

Gorski, a 2019 Second Team All-Big Ten selection, served as IU’s primary right fielder for the first month of the season before shifting to centerfield after Logan Kaletha’s season-ending injury in late March.

After hitting .356 with eight home runs, 25 extra-base hits and 40 RBIs as a sophomore in 2018, the athletic, toolsy outfielder saw his average dip and his strikeouts rise as a junior in 2019. Gorski batted .271 with 12 homers, 26 extra-base hits, 46 RBIs and 62 strikeouts in 55 games this spring.

Gorski has 57 career stolen bases, including 18 this season to rank third in the Big Ten. The junior is also second in the Big Ten with 59 runs scored.

A First Team All-Big Ten selection and ABCA First Team All-Mideast Region honoree in 2018, Gorski started 58 games in left field and led the Hoosiers in hitting, while also pacing the team with 79 hits and 123 total bases. He recorded 14 doubles, three triples, and eight home runs on the year while tallying a team-high 27 multi-hit games, including two four-hit efforts.

Gorski has been an impact player across each of his three seasons at IU. In 2017, he served as IU’s primary first baseman and earned team rookie of the year honors after starting 45 of the 51 games he played, hitting .288 and tying for 10th in the league with 15 stolen bases.

The draft continues Tuesday with rounds three through 10. It will come to a close on Wednesday when rounds 11 through 40 are announced.