MacKenzie Gore

SP / San Diego Padres / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 180 lb Age: 21 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • The Padres would like Gore to break into the big leagues as a starting pitcher, which is partly why he has not debuted this season, according to general manager AJ Preller, 97.3 The Fan reports. Preller noted how steady and productive the team's starting rotation has been this season, calling it a strength, so the fact the team wants Gore to break in as a starter coupled with the fact there wasn't a flurry of openings in the rotation, partially explains why Gore hasn't debuted. The GM also noted that Gore has only pitched in five games at Double-A. If Gore had been dominating all summer at the alternate site, it seems likely the team would have found a spot for him, but that doesn't necessarily mean Gore has not been at least adequate this year, given his age and experience.

    • Gore is not part of the Padres' 30-man roster. In spite of Gore's exceptional talent, his exclusion from the active roster is not a surprise given that he has yet to pitch above the Double-A level. Still, the Padres may not want their prized southpaw to spend the entire season at their alternate training site, so it remains very possible that Gore joins the big-league club sooner rather than later.

    • Gore gave up three runs in three innings in an intrasquad game Monday night, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Gore's performance wasn't a disaster -- he struck out Fernando Tatis and used his pickoff move to trap two players in rundowns -- but, per Acee, the 21-year-old worked from behind throughout the outing and struggled with his command after his first inning. Of course, it's unwise to read too much into the stud prospect's performance in his first intrasquad outing of summer camp, and there remains a tangible possibility that Gore could factor into the team's MLB plans at some point in 2020.

    • Gore will be part of the Padres' 60-man summer camp. While Gore is not on the 40-man roster, his inclusion in the Padres' 60-man player pool was an inevitability. He is one of the game's top pitching prospects and is fairly close to big-league ready. He finished the 2019 season with a solid five-start run at Double-A and has never pitched at Triple-A. Gore is a wild card for redraft leagues, as he is not guaranteed a rotation spot at any point this season, but he has a very high ceiling if he were to enter the rotation at some point.

    • Gore could be called up to the Padres "fairly quickly, if not right away" if there is a 2020 season, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. The organization's top pitching prospect struggled this spring before play was suspended, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings and notching a 2:2 K:BB. Nonetheless, Lin reports that scouts noted that he "wasn't far off," and the likelihood of expanded rosters increases Gore's chances of making his big-league debut at some point during the campaign.

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