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Padres top prospect MacKenzie Gore is listed on the team’s 2020 player pool list.
Unlike a lot of top prospects who will be on taxi squads this summer, Gore is considered likely to get some major league action. The 21-year-old southpaw posted a 1.69 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in 101 minor league innings last season. Deploying Gore as an early-season pitching weapon would continue the theme of San Diego aggressively promoting their top prospects in recent years.
MacKenzie Gore pitched a clean inning in Thursday's Cactus League win over Seattle. He allowed no hits, no walks, and did not record a strikeout.
Gore looked sharp in his spring debut with the big club. The delay in him debuting is likely a result of the Padres wanting to limit his workload. In all likelihood, Gore will not break camp with the Padres, but will instead start the season in Double-A.
MacKenzie Gore flashed his "nasty" arsenal in his second live batting practice on Wednesday.
Gore pitched to Jurickson Profar, Greg Garcia, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado. The battle with Machado lasted eight pitches, ending with a back door breaking ball that caught Machado looking. Gore, a top-five consensus pitching prospect, threw just 21 1/3 innings in Double-A Amarillo last season, so we shouldn't see his live arm with the big club until later in 2020 or possibly 2021. He should be owned in all dynasty formats.