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MacKenzie Gore

A candidate for 2020 NL RoY?

I think so ... and mlb.com things so, too!

https://www.mlb.com/news/2020-rookie-of-the-year-candidates?t=mlb-pipeline-coverage

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/san-diego-padres-2020-top-10-mlb-prospects-chat/

Matt Evans (San Diego):

    Kyle, what would you say is a legitimate possible ETA on Gore? Padres have shown they will pull the trigger early in some instances. He could really help them this year and is further along then Paddack was when they broke camp with him in rotation.

Kyle Glaser: He's not further along than Paddack was. Paddack was 23 years old and had seven starts at Double-A. Gore will be 21 and had five starts at Double-A, which were much rougher than Paddack's. A lot of it will depend on how Gore looks in spring training, and also what happens around him in terms of guys getting hurt, etc. If I were a betting man, I'd put the callup date somewhere in the May/June range.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/story/2020-02-14/padres-josh-naylor-weight-loss-juan-lagares-mackenzie-gore-manny-machado

Video in BROWN!  Lookin' good!

No reason to rush, especially given the depth.  Would he do better than Quantril or Luchessi?  Right now, probably not.  Give him more experience mixing and locating his pitches at higher levels.  If he is dominating the Texas League at the All-Star break like he did the Cal League, then bring him up mid year.

Quote from Ben Davey on February 15, 2020, 8:43 am

No reason to rush, especially given the depth.  Would he do better than Quantril or Luchessi?  Right now, probably not.  Give him more experience mixing and locating his pitches at higher levels.  If he is dominating the Texas League at the All-Star break like he did the Cal League, then bring him up mid year.

I feel the same way.  Let Quantrill and Luchessi battle for the 5th spot and long reliever spots.  Unless Gore dominates (or any other prospect) in the same way Paddack performed, then bring him up only after a strong performance at AA.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/story/2020-03-02/padres-jose-castillo-mackenzie-gore-strikeouts-offense-on-base

Given that No.1 prospect MacKenzie Gore pitched a live batting practice Saturday and Tingler said beforehand it would be his last one before his Cactus League debut, Gore could be in line to pitch Thursday against the Mariners.

“We haven’t got that far quite yet,” Tingler said. “There is a chance.”