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Gorski and Samaniego Honored by Pirates

Hoppers' Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short

November 8, 2022 – South Atlantic League (SAL)Greensboro Grasshoppers News Release

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the organization’s award-winners for the Wille Stargell Slugger-of-the-Year, Kent Tekulve Reliever-of-the-Year, Bill Mazeroski Defender-of-the-Year and Omar Moreno Baserunner-of-the-Year. The announcements were made by Director of Coaching and Player Development John Baker.


Matt Gorski was named the Wille Stargell Slugger-of-the-Year after hitting 24 home runs in a combined 81 games between Greensboro, Altoona, Bradenton and Indianapolis this past season. Gorski ranked first in all of Minor League Baseball with 17 home runs at the time he was promoted from Greensboro to Altoona on May 24. He was also first in the South Atlantic League in RBI (37), slugging (.754), OPS (1.131), tied for first in runs scored (34) and second in extra base hits (22) at the time of his promotion on May 24. Gorski, who was selected by the Pirates in the second round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, also ranked first in all of MiLB with 23 home runs before being placed on the injured list on June 30.

Tyler Samaniego was named the Kent Tekulve Reliever-of-the-Year after going a combined 4-4 with a 2.45 ERA (47.2ip/13er), 14 saves, two home runs allowed, 20 walks, 47 strikeouts, 0.80 WHIP and .114 batting average against in 38 relief appearances between Greensboro and Altoona. The 23-year-old Samaniego, who was selected in the 15th round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, went 41 straight at-bats at one point during the season between Greensboro and Altoona without allowing a hit. Samaniego did not allow a run in 20 of his 24 outings as a member of the Curve. His 10 saves with Altoona were tied for the fourth-most in the Eastern League and tied for the fifth-most among all Double-A pitchers from June 1 through the end of the season.

Jared Triolo was named the organization’s Bill Mazeroski Defender-ofthe-Year for the second straight season. The 24-year-old Triolo, who was selected by the Pirates in the Competitive Balance B round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, entered the 2022 season rated as Pittsburgh’s “Best Defensive Infielder” by Baseball America one year after earning a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award at third base. Triolo spent time at three different positions in 2022, making 87 appearances at third base, 19 at shortstop and seven in center field. He ranked third among all Eastern League third basemen in double plays (15), tied…

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