MacKenzie Gore
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Gore pitching in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game
San Diego Padres – No. 1
Pitcher
Born: (1999-02-24) February 24, 1999 (age 23)
Whiteville, North Carolina
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 2022, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through May 9, 2022)
Win–loss record2–1
Earned run average2.42
Strikeouts28
Teams

MacKenzie Evan Gore (born February 24, 1999) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022.

Amateur career

Gore attended Whiteville High School in Whiteville, North Carolina. As a junior, he was 12–1 with a 0.08 earned run average (ERA) and 174 strikeouts in 88+13 innings pitched.[1][2] During the season, he threw a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts.[3] He led Whiteville to the 1-A state championship four years in a row, winning three, with Gore being named MVP of all three victories.[4] During the summer 2016, he played in the Perfect Game Classic at Petco Park.[5] Gore committed to the East Carolina University to play college baseball.[6]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Gore was considered one of the top prospects for the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[7][8][9] He was drafted by the San Diego Padres with the third overall pick. He signed a rookie contract on June 23, 2017.[10] He spent 2017 with the Arizona League Padres where he pitched in seven games, posting a 0–1 record, a 1.27 ERA, and a 0.98 WHIP in seven starts.[11] He spent 2018 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, going 2–5 with a 4.45 ERA over 16 starts.[12]

Gore began 2019 with the Lake Elsinore Storm,[13] earning California League All-Star honors.[14] That June, he was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[15] After pitching to a 7–1 record and a 1.02 ERA over 15 starts, striking out 110 batters over 79+13 innings, he was promoted to the Amarillo Sod Poodles in early July.[16][17][18] He produced a 2–1 record with a 4.15 ERA over 21+23 innings for Amarillo.[19]

At the start of 2020, MLB Pipeline rated Gore as the best pitching prospect in minor league baseball and the fifth best prospect overall.[20] He did not play a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] Gore began the 2021 season with the El Paso Chihuahuas, but was placed on the injured list after compiling a 5.85 ERA over six starts to go along with a lingering blister and various mechanical issues.[22] Gore made three rehab appearances before he was assigned to the San Antonio Missions with whom he three eight innings in which he walked nine, struck out 16, and gave up three earned runs.[23] He ended the season being ranked the 56th overall best prospect in baseball and the fourth best left handed pitching prospect.[24] He was assigned to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League after the season.[25] On November 19, 2021, the Padres added Gore to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[26]

San Diego Padres

Gore made his MLB debut on April 15, 2022, pitching against the defending champion Atlanta Braves. He threw 5+13 innings while giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. He recorded his first career strikeout against Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies with a 96-mile-per-hour (154 km/h) fastball.[27] He earned his first win on April 20.[28]

References

  1. ^ "All-Area baseball - Whiteville High's Mackenzie Gore flirts with flawless ERA in an amazing season". Hendersonville Times-News. July 1, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  2. ^ Vaughan Jr., Earl. "Whiteville's MacKenzie Gore named region baseball player of the year". Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "Player of the Week May 1–7: Whiteville's Mackenzie Gore -". varsitynow.blogs.starnewsonline.com. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  4. ^ "Gore heads list of 2016 All-Columbus baseball players". The News Reporter. June 13, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  5. ^ Ricketts, AJ. "Whiteville's Mackenzie Gore pitches in Perfect Game Classic". Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  6. ^ "Whiteville's Gore commits to ECU -". varsitynow.blogs.starnewsonline.com. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  7. ^ Smist, John. "MacKenzie Gore named top MLB draft prospects".
  8. ^ "Game Report: MacKenzie Gore Strikes Out 14 - BaseballAmerica.com". April 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "MLB.com 2017 Prospect Watch". Major League Baseball.
  10. ^ "Padres nab Gore's elite left arm with 3rd pick". MLB.com.
  11. ^ "MacKenzie Gore Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "MacKenzie Gore Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Minors: MacKenzie Gore strong in scoreless 2019 debut". San Diego Union-Tribune. April 6, 2019.
  14. ^ "Gore, Castro lead Cal League All-Star rosters". MiLB.com.
  15. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  16. ^ "Padres' Gore promoted to Double-A". MiLB.com.
  17. ^ Watkins, Matthew (July 9, 2019). "Padres top-ranked prospect promoted to Amarillo". KVII.
  18. ^ "Minors: Padres promote MacKenzie Gore to Texas League". San Diego Union-Tribune. July 9, 2019.
  19. ^ Brian Stultz (November 7, 2019). "Gore puts up video game stats, earns MiLBY". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  20. ^ "2020 Top 100 Baseball Prospects". MLB.com.
  21. ^ "2020 Minor League Baseball season canceled". MLB.com.
  22. ^ "Minors: MacKenzie Gore makes final Double-A start as Padres ponder path forward". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 18, 2021.
  23. ^ "Minors: MacKenzie Gore pushed to Double-A San Antonio". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 8, 2021.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Baseball Prospects". MLB.com.
  25. ^ "Here are the Arizona Fall League rosters". MLB.com.
  26. ^ "Padres add Gore to 40-man in roster shuffle". MLB.com.
  27. ^ Cassavell, AJ (April 15, 2022). "Gore brings the heat in MLB debut". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  28. ^ "Padres sweep as Gore earns first win with five shutout innings". MLB.com.