East Hampton High School senior Marvin Gorgas, one of the best players ever to play in the Shoreline Conference, was having some doubts when he woke up on Saturday morning.
Gorgas tried to stay “cool” and went with the “flow” during the first two days of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Amateur Draft. But after going undrafted through the first 10 rounds, the uncertainties started to creep in.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen,” said Gorgas.
Some of his Bellringer teammates suggested that he go with them to East Haddam’s Legion practice. Gorgas refused. A few hours later those same teammates returned to the Gorgas home for a huge celebration.
Marvin Gorgas was a Seattle Mariner.
The Mariners selected Gorgas in the 13th round with the 381st pick.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Gorgas, a 5-9, 185 pound right-handed pitcher whose fastball has been clocked between 92-94 miles per hour. “It’s a great feeling. Now I just need to go out there and work hard to prove myself.”
Gorgas will sign with Seattle. He will be heading to Arizona in a few weeks with the rest of the Mariners first-year prospects.
Gorgas went 9-2 with an ERA of 0.85 this spring. He also fired a no-hitter against Cromwell and had a stretch of four consecutive shut outs. He batted .428, including .675 with runners in scoring position, and struck out just once the entire season.
“Marvin got better every year,” said East Hampton coach Scott Wosleger. “He was so talented when he came here that our main concern was that we didn’t want him to peak physically and emotionally too soon. That didn’t happen. He got better and in different areas of the game. He never had that dip or letdown. And I thought he handled all the pressure of this year really well.”
As a freshman in 2011, Gorgas helped East Hampton capture their first ever state championship when the Bellringers defeated East Catholic, 6-2, in the Class S finals. He also led East Hampton to Shoreline Conference championships in 2011 and 2013.
Gorgas played for the US National 18U team last summer, which went on to win the Gold Medal in Japan.
Gorgas, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, moved with his family to East Hampton during his middle school years.
“It was real emotional at first when I got the phone call and found out it was Seattle,” said Gorgas. “My dad was crying. He was super excited for me.”
Said Wosleger, “It’s one of those things that every kid growing up playing baseball dreams about and hopes for. Now Marvin is realizing that dream that a lot of kids want. It’s very exciting.”