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The Padres moved LHP MacKenzie Gore up to Double-A.
Gore continues to climb the minor league ladder to close out the season. He last pitched on Sunday for High-A Fort Wayne, allowing three runs over five innings pitched. Unfortunately, Gore allowed four free passes in that one. Control has been the issue for him throughout these mechanical inconsistencies. Finishing the season on a high note would go a long way towards re-establishing his prospect value this offseason.
The Padres assigned pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore to High-A.
Gore has missed most of the season while recovering from blister issues, in addition to sorting out his mechanics. The talented lefty returned to game action at the Arizona Complex League (rookie ball) back in mid-August, and registered a 1.65 ERA over 16 1/3 innings. He won't reach the majors this year, but it's good to see him taking steps in the right direction. Gore entered 2021 as arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, but his stock has fallen drastically since then.
Padres pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore struck out seven while allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings pitched in his latest start at the Arizona Complex League.
The ACL is rookie ball, so it's a league that Gore should be performing well in. The 22-year-old southpaw has now allowed three earned runs with a 22:4 K:BB in 16 1/3 innings over his past three starts. This is encouraging for his long-term fantasy value, but he'll need to keep it up against higher competition before we view him as an upper-echelon prospect again.
Padres pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore allowed two hits with an 8:1 K:BB in 4 2/3 innings during Thursday's start in the Arizona Complex League.
This was Gore's first minor league game action since June. The ACL is rookie ball, but the results are still promising nonetheless. Gore dealt with blisters and delivery inconsistencies earlier this season, which led to a lengthy shutdown for the former top prospect. The Padres are likely to ease him back into things before he (probably) returns to Triple-A to finish out the year. Gore's stock has fallen this season, but he's still a consensus top 100 prospect. Don't give up on him entirely in dynasty leagues just yet.
Padres GM A.J. Preller says LHP MacKenzie Gore isn't close to returning to minor league game action.
Gore posted an ugly 5.85 ERA in 20 innings at Triple-A this season before he was shut down due to a blister issue in June. In addition the blister issues, Gore has been struggling with the repeatability of his mechanics since last summer at the alternate training site. It's quite concerning that he isn't even pitching in minor league games right now. Gore's dynasty stock has plummeted throughout 2021. It could be a while until he rewards dynasty league managers at the big league level.