In a surprising move by at least my account, Tom Gorzelanny has been optioned to AAA Indianapolis.
Gorzo obviously had his struggles last year and is no stranger to Indy. Last year Gorzelanny went 6-9 in Pittsburgh and in the least compelling stat line I’ve ever seen , Tom had a 6.66 era.
6.66? The satanic number was definitely a sign of his dreadful performances. While Gorzelanny had plenty of upside two years ago he just never lived up to his potential.
In 2007 he went 14-10 with a solid era of 3.00. Respectable numbers and plenty of upside looked to be the future for this young gun. However, it just didn’t work out. I commend the Pirates for this move, accountability grows in the sod of PNC Park.
This spring for Gorzo didn’t help his case for a spot on the big league club. In only 9 innings pitched, Tom gave up eight hits and five runs.
The reason this was surprising, for me at least was the fact the Pirates usually do not give up on a player quickly like this. The team never wants to dismiss a young gun pitcher of theirs giving them every shot to make it. Matt Morris, Nelson Figueroa, and Josh Fogg come to mind.
I hope a message is sent to the whole organization that the Pirates expect nothing less than the best. I hope Gorzo can develop in the minors for the better part of this season. Maybe he can turn things around and get back to the success of ’07. Until then, he can enjoy bobbin his middle finger flippin’ bobble head on the road trip to Indiana.