MacKenzie Gore
Gore pitching in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game
San Diego Padres
Pitcher
Born: (1999-02-24) February 24, 1999 (age 22)
Whiteville, North Carolina
Bats: Left Throws: Left

MacKenzie Evan Gore (born February 24, 1999) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the San Diego Padres organization.

Career

Amatuer 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

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 in 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, MLBPipeline rated Gore as the best pitching prospect in MLB (#5 overall).[20]

References

  1. ^ "All-Area baseball - Whiteville High's Mackenzie Gore flirts with flawless ERA in an amazing season". Hendersonville Times-News.
  2. ^ editor, Earl Vaughan Jr. Scholastic sports. "Whiteville's MacKenzie Gore named region baseball player of the year".CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Player of the Week May 1–7: Whiteville's Mackenzie Gore -". varsitynow.blogs.starnewsonline.com.
  4. ^ "Gore heads list of 2016 All-Columbus baseball players – The News Reporter". 13 June 2016.
  5. ^ Ricketts, AJ. "Whiteville's Mackenzie Gore pitches in Perfect Game Classic".
  6. ^ "Whiteville's Gore commits to ECU -". varsitynow.blogs.starnewsonline.com.
  7. ^ Smist, John. "MacKenzie Gore named top MLB draft prospects".
  8. ^ "Game Report: MacKenzie Gore Strikes Out 14 - BaseballAmerica.com". 29 April 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.