Who is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, and who is Darin Gorski?

According to this list from Chris Walendin, Mets minor league pitchers Zack Wheeler, Chris Schwinden and Darin Gorski and infielder Josh Satin are all eligible for this year’s Rule 5 Draft.

In 24 starts for Double-A Binghamton this past season, Gorski was 9-8 with a 4.00 ERA and 118 strike outs in 139 innings pitched.

Gorski was drafted in the seventh round in 2009. He won the Florida State League’s Pitcher of the Year award in 2011, when he was 11-3 in 27 games in Single-A.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Wheeler will obviously be added to the 40-man to protect him from being drafted. However, assuming this list is accurate, Gorski could be added as well. He isn’t talked about a lot, but the Mets love this guy – and, while minor-league experts rarely mention him, as well, when directly asked about him, they too rave about his potential. Wheeler will be first in line next summer should the Mets need a pitcher in the big leagues, but Gorski will be right on his tail assuming he isn’t first traded this winter…

Why might he be vulnerable? For starters, he’s a lefty. He’s coming off two very strong, encouraging seasons in the minors. He’s 24 and his stock is up. However, most important, he has struggled with letting up home runs. Frankly, it’s been his biggest weakness. Originally this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but if he moves to Triple-A he’ll be pitching in Las Vegas this summer, where he’s a prime candidate to suffer the fate of that hitter-friendly environment. So, I wonder if he some how ends up getting packaged in to a deal this winter, as the team looks to find a deal for an outfielder…

By the way, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Satin get picked up by another team. He’s had good, stable numbers through his minor-league career. And, he’s probably at a point where he needs to be given a chance or end up drifting away in the farm. I bet a team snags him.