Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard from more and more places that the Padres were likely to take MacKenzie Gore with the third overall pick in the MLB draft. And Monday night, they did exactly that, making the left-handed North Carolina prep pitcher their highest pick since the ill-fated selection of Donavan Tate.
Gore, a highly-athletic 18-year-old, will join the organization with high expectations, and plenty of reasons to be excited about his ability to meet them.
Notable for his unique high leg kick and fluid mechanics, Gore has nonetheless won plaudits for his ability to repeat his release point consistently, not unlike current Padres prospect Joey Lucchesi.
Like many top high school prospects, Gore already has experience pitching on Petco Park mound having worked an inning in the Perfect Game All-American Classic last summer.
We’ll have updates on the draft throughout the evening. In the meantime, join the conversation in our Padres Forums.