MacKenzie Gore
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In early April, farm director Sam Geaney said publicly that the Padres were intent on fast-tracking Gore through the minor-league ranks. Unfortunately, injuries -- namely blister issues -- got in the way. A blister on Gore's left hand forced him to the DL to begin the season, and he struggled mightily in two starts upon his return before the issue put him right back on the shelf. Gore went on a brilliant run shortly after his return in June, posting a 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 43:13 K:BB over a seven-start stretch (32 innings) and reminding everyone why he is one of the most highly-regarded left-handed pitching prospects in the game. Gore's season ended prematurely due to a fingernail problem and he finished with just 60.2 innings, all at the Low-A level. The lost development time likely takes a 2019 debut off the table, but if he can build up past 110 innings or so this season, Gore could be a rotation regular for most of 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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Assigned to AZL
PSan Diego Padres  R
August 30, 2019
Gore was transferred from Double-A Amarillo to the AZL Padres on Wednesday.
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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.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 2017 draft had a lot of high-end pitching talent, but Gore stands out as the cream of the crop. A prep product from North Carolina, Gore was drafted third overall by the Padres, receiving a slightly over-slot $6.7 million bonus. The 6-foot-2 lefty made his pro debut in the AZL and struck out five or more in five of his seven starts, despite never going more than four innings. Gore utilizes a mid-90s fastball and a knee-buckling curveball, both of which are at least plus pitches. He features a unique, straightened leg kick that comes up to his chin -- a timing mechanism that he is able to repeat from pitch to pitch. Gore’s intensity on the mound is another separator among his peers. In just 21.1 innings, he has already established himself as one of the game’s best pitching prospects. He should be one of the first few players from last year’s draft to come off the board in dynasty leagues, and has the potential to cruise to the upper levels of the minors.
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Activated for Tuesday's start
PSan Diego Padres  R
August 27, 2019
Gore is starting for Double-A Amarillo on Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Shut down due to workload
PSan Diego Padres  R
August 8, 2019
Gore has been shut down for workload purposes, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Promoted to Double-A
PSan Diego Padres  R
July 9, 2019
Gore was promoted to Double-A Amarillo on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Tosses 100-pitch gem
PSan Diego Padres  R
June 26, 2019
Gore threw 6.2 shutout innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, giving up three hits, striking out nine and walking one.
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Keeps dealing in High-A
PSan Diego Padres  R
June 6, 2019
Gore tossed a pair of scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, giving up one hit, striking out four and walking one.
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