Gore recorded two strikeouts and walked three across 2.0 innings Thursday against the Rangers.
Gore labored in his opening frame, walking three of the first five batters he faced. As a result, he failed to record three outs when the inning was rolled over. However, he rebounded to retire the side in the second inning on just nine pitches. Reports indicated that Gore was sitting between 94 and 96 miles per hour with his fastball and also mixed in two curveballs for called strikes as well.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Thursday that Gore is pitching well early in spring training, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Gore reportedly had some delivery issues during summer camp ahead of the 2020 season, but Rothschild said that those concerns have been "worked out and plus" early this spring. The southpaw spent the entire 2020 campaign at the team's alternate training site and has made just five starts at the Double-A level. The Padres said last September that they want to use him as a starter once he reaches the majors. Although the team traded for Yu Darvish and Blake Snell during the offseason, Gore could contend for a spot in the big leagues at some point in 2021.
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, 97.3 The Fan reports.
General manager A.J. 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 partially explains why Gore hasn't debuted. The GM also noted that Gore has only pitched in five games at Double-A in his career. 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.
Gore needed only eight pitches to register three outs in his spring training debut Thursday.
Gore, the Padres' top pitching prospect, retired the side in order on a pair of grounders and a pop fly. The southpaw figures to open the season at the Double-A level, but he has progressed through the minors quickly and could find his way onto the big-league club before long.
Gore is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Thursday against the Mariners, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The Padres' top pitching prospect has been fully healthy during his first big-league camp; his lack of spring innings to date is likely just a measure to keep his workload in check. Though Gore doesn't look like he's being evaluated for a spot in the Opening Day rotation, the 21-year-old lefty could get a look with the big club at some point in 2020 if he proves he can handle upper-level minor-league competition. Gore is likely slated for a return to Double-A Amarillo to begin the campaign after he posted a 4.15 ERA and 25:8 K:BB in 21.2 innings with the affiliate following his July promotion from the California League.
Gore was invited to the Padres' major-league spring training Thursday.
Gore made his debut in Double-A last season, posting a 4.15 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP over 21.2 innings. While Gore probably won't open the season in the majors, he'll get the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff and could make his debut in the big leagues at some point in 2020 if he can continue to develop.
Gore was transferred from Double-A Amarillo to the AZL Padres on Wednesday.
The move is purely procedural, as Gore has reached his workload limit for the season and won't pitch in the Texas League playoffs. By moving the southpaw to rookie ball, Amarillo opens up a roster spot for another player. Gore finishes an exceptional season with a 9-2 record, 1.69 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 135:28 K:BB in 101 innings between two levels.
Gore is starting for Double-A Amarillo on Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Gore has not pitched since Aug. 2 as the Padres decided to limit his workload after injuries held him to only 60.2 innings in 2018. He has been throwing on the side, however, in anticipation of possibly participating in the Double-A playoffs. The Padres' top pitching prospect has compiled a 9-2 record along with a sterling 1.72 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 130:27 K:BB while holding batters to a .166 average in 19 minor-league starts this season.
Gore has been shut down for workload purposes, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
This isn't all too surprising, as the well-regarded prospect has already surpassed his innings total from an injury-marred 2018 campaign by nearly 40 frames. Gore will continue to pitch on a semi-regular schedule on the side to remain active, and the Padres haven't ruled out letting the 20-year-old return to action during the Double-A playoffs. Across 99.1 innings between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A Amarillo this season, Gore owns a stellar 1.72 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 130:27 K:BB.
Gore was promoted to Double-A Amarillo on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Gore could hardly have performed better in 15 starts for High-A Lake Elsinore, posting an incredible 1.02 ERA and striking out 38.2 percent of opposing batters while walking just 6.9 percent. The 20-year-old is in line to make his big-league debut at some point in 2020 if his progress continues at a similar pace.
Gore threw 6.2 shutout innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, giving up three hits, striking out nine and walking one.
Gore has been tossing gems for the Storm all season. However, this is nothing new, but this outing was notable in that it was the first time in the 20-year-old's professional career that he's hit the 100-pitch threshold. He's been virtually untouchable in the California League, as his latest brilliant outing leaves him with a 1.12 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP and a 101:17 K:BB in 72.1 innings.
Gore tossed a pair of scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, giving up one hit, striking out four and walking one.
The Padres are carefully monitoring the workload of their highly touted pitching prospect, which is why this was an abbreviated outing. That figures to be a theme throughout the season for Gore, but the 20-year-old left-hander is proving to be a healthy step above the competition in the California League, as this scoreless effort lowers his ERA to 1.13 to go along with 77 strikeouts through 55.2 innings.
Gore struck out eight over five scoreless, no-hit innings Sunday in High-A Lake Elsinore's 8-0 win over Lancaster. He issued two walks and allowed no other baserunners in the 74-pitch outing.
The Padres are overflowing with intriguing pitching prospects at multiple levels of the organization, but perhaps no hurler boasts as high of a ceiling as Gore. With the health issues that plagued him in 2018 now in the rear-view mirror, the 20-year-old lefty has taken off over his first six outings in the hitter-friendly California League. Gore has surrendered just four runs through 31.1 innings while posting a 45:6 K:BB and limiting opposing batters to a .143 average. A promotion to Double-A Amarillo could soon be in the cards for Gore if he continues to befuddle Cal League hitters in his subsequent outings.
Gore gave up one run on three hits over six innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, striking out nine with one walk, Bill Center of Padres.com reports.
Gore is dominating opponents through four starts for Lake Elsinore, as this outing gives him a 1.23 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 27 strikeouts over 22 innings. The 2017 first-round pick is showing why he's one of the team's more highly rated prospects, and is making a strong case for a promotion to Double-A in the early going.
Gore will open the 2019 season with High-A Lake Elsinore, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Gore will move up to the California League after compiling a 4.45 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 74:18 K:BB in 60.2 innings for Low-A Fort Wayne last season before he was shut down in late August with a fingernail issue. He reported to camp at full strength and shouldn't be limited health-wise to begin the 2019 campaign, though the Padres will surely monitor the 20-year-old lefty's innings carefully throughout the season.
Gore was placed on the disabled list at Low-A Fort Wayne on Wednesday with a fingernail issue, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
Gore has been on the DL three times this season, twice with blisters and now with a fingernail problem. When healthy, he's posted strong underlying stats (28.4 percent strikeout rate and 6.9 percent walk rate) but a mediocre 4.45 ERA.
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|2018||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||60.2||16||16||0||2||5||0||74||18||61||4.49||1.312|
|2019||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||79.1||15||15||0||7||1||0||110||20||36||1.02||0.708|
|2019||AAX-Amarillo Sod Poodles||21.2||5||5||0||2||1||0||25||8||20||4.25||1.321|