The San Diego Padres spent years replenishing a depleted farm system by picking promising players in recent drafts, and bolstered their roster for the long term by signing 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B/SS Manny Machado to multi-year deals. Along with a core group of young players that includes SS Fernando Tatis Jr. and C Francisco Mejía, among others, the Padres will be a formidable team in the NL West for several years, even with stiff competition from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Unlike the Dodgers or the Diamondbacks, the Padres have the No. 2 ranked farm system in the MLB, and the best farm system in the NL West. To accompany Hosmer, Machado, Tatis Jr., and Mejía are five Top 100 prospects who are lurking in the Padres’ farm system. And all five prospects made the Padres’ 60-man roster for the shortened 2020 season.
LHP MacKenzie Gore
Gore, MLB’s No. 5 and San Diego’s No. 1 prospect, was a human cheat code while attending Whiteville High School in North Carolina. On his way to earning the Gatorade National Player of the Year award in 2017, Gore went 11-0 with a ridiculous 0.19 ERA and 158 strikeouts to only 5 walks over 74.1 innings pitched. The Padres then drafted Gore No. 3 overall in the 2017 draft for $6.7 million.
The 21-year-old left-handed pitcher’s scouting grade, on a 20-80 scale, has his fastball, curveball, slider, changeup, and control graded at 60 and has an overall rating of 65. His fastball sits between 92-96 mph to accompany his mid-80s slider, low-80s changeup, and mid-70s curveball.
Since being drafted, Gore has performed exactly as advertised. Over his minor league career, Gore is 11-8 with a 2.56 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over 183 innings pitched. He has held opponents to a .201 batting average and has 243 strikeouts with only 53 walks.
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