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MacKenzie Gore

Not bad for a fluff piece 🙂

Here's the view from the national fantasy baseball perspective ... courtesy ...

Padres LHP prospect MacKenzie Gore hurled five scoreless innings while striking out seven on Thursday for High-A Lake Elsinore.

Gore allowed just two hits and a walk over the five scoreless frames. The third pick of the 2017 MLB Draft, Gore has gotten off to a sensational start by not allowing an earned run with a 15/2 K/BB ratio in his first two starts for the Storm. With four plus pitches and a chance for above-average command from a deceptive delivery, he's one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He has a chance to make his debut before the 2020 season, with 2021 being the more likely ETA. Gore is a must-own in dynasty leagues.

Here's the view from ... (which includes a video) ...

MacKenzie Gore, Padres left-handed starter, Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore: The Padres' No. 2 prospect mentioned on the Minor League podcast that this season already had a different feel to it. For one, he's fully healthy after blisters limited him to 60 2/3 innings with Class A Fort Wayne. Second, he feels the weight of great expectations has been lifted some now that he's another year removed from being the third overall pick in the 2017 Draft. One thing's the same -- the 20-year-old left-hander has tremendous potential with four above-average to plus pitches, and he's shown that already in the Cal League. Gore fanned eight and scattered four hits and a walk in five scoreless frames at Inland Empire last Friday and followed that up with five more zeros, seven strikeouts and one walk Thursday against the same club. The more starts he works, the more the bumps of the 2018 season will be in the rearview mirror.

Tommy N.: Chances of MacKenzie Gore making the big leagues this year? 

Eric A Longenhagen: Pretty slim. The big club would have to be in some kind of race down to the wire (seems possible) and they’d have to think he were one of the best few options in the org AND the workload stuff needs to line up properly which, after the blister stuff last year, seems tricky

A few more good thoughts about Gore's debut schedule ...

Bottom Line: AJ Cassavell sets over/under at May 2020 🙂

#10 in this week's BA PHS ...

10. MacKenzie GoreLHP, Padres
Team: High Class A Lake Elsinore (California)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO

The Scoop: Is Gore the best pitching prospect in baseball? You can make a compelling case in his favor. Blister issues slowed Gore last year, but he has been sensational this season, maintaining a 1.17 ERA in the Cal League with a sterling 73-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 53.2 innings. The scouting reports match the results, with Gore combining premium stuff and polish from an easy delivery, giving him the makings of a potential No. 1 starter. (BB)

Just for the record, from the May Player of the Month article ...

For reference, Chris Paddack, the current ace of the Padres staff, posted a 2.24 ERA in ten California League games as a 22-year-old. His otherworldly 83:4 K: BB ratio (in 52.1 innings) earned him a promotion to Double-A San Antonio for the remainder of the year, and he cracked the Padres Opening Day roster the following spring.

Through MacKenzie Gore’s first ten California League starts, his ERA is more than a run lower (1.17), and his K: BB rate is a not-too-shabby 73:10 through 53.2 innings. His worst start this month was a five-inning affair in which he allowed a run on two hits and a season-high two walks, against only six strikeouts, his second-lowest total of the season.

Whether or not Gore enjoys a Paddack-like trajectory as a 20-year-old remains to be seen, but as one of the top prospects in the game, the end-point of that trajectory should be as an impact rotation arm at the major league level.

I am thinking that he gets his start in the Cal League All Star game and then gets becomes a Sod Poodle.

Quote from BoosterSD on June 7, 2019, 9:59 am

I am thinking that he gets his start in the Cal League All Star game and then gets becomes a Sod Poodle.

That would be my call ... similar to the Paddack path.

If so, that should open the debate (given his projection as an elite ML pitcher) of the chance he is with the Padres to start 2020 ... similar to Paddack in 2019 or even Lucchesi / Lauer in 2018. Padres seem to reward talent / production and Gore looks to have that.

The only problem I see with that path; is due to the blister issue last season, not many innings pitched last season. And even with a bump this season; what is Gore's max innings going to be in 2020, 125 tops?