Last year was tough for San Diego Padres starting prospect MacKenzie Gore.
The former top prospect was unable to throw shots last year, and he went through several minor league levels unable to regain his control and elite command.
He was said to be suffering from “”yips”.
Just when many people considered him a bust, he had a strong spring workout, with a 4.50 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings.
He was picked for Triple-A El Paso because there was no room for him in the Padres rotation.
However, Blake Snell’s adductor injury has paved the way for the prized prospect, and so far he hasn’t disappointed.
Gore appears to be a legit Major League starter
He impressed again in his last MLB start, which was Wednesday in Cincinnati.
He struck out 10 and pitched five one-run innings in the Padres’ 8-5 victory.
His early season numbers are incredible.
“3 starts in MacKenzie Gore’s MLB career: 15.1 IP, 1.76 ERA, 12 H, 20 K, 6 BB. You would think Gore is here to stay,” tweeted Padres insider Sammy Levitt.
3 starts in MacKenzie Gore’s MLB career:
You would think Gore is here to stay.
— Sammy Levitt (@SammyLev) April 28, 2022
Yes, the steps are a bit high, but it’s hard to complain when he’s shown that he can completely dominate MLB rosters to the point that he can take out ten enemies while throwing only five frames.
His arsenal is better than ever and his control can still take a step forward.
There’s a reason Gore has been a top prospect for so long, and there’s also a reason teams and fans should be extremely patient with their precious prospects.
Gore, as Levitt says, should be here to stay, and the Padres would be making a mistake if they saw him back at Triple-A.