What Position Does Mackenzie Gore Play?

MacKenzie Evan Gore (born February 24, 1999) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022.

Gore was considered one of the top prospects for the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres with the third overall pick. He signed a rookie contract on June 23, 2017.

He spent 2017 with the Arizona League Padres where he pitched in seven games, posting a 0–1 record, a 1.27 ERA, and a 0.98 WHIP in seven starts. He spent 2018 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, going 2–5 with a 4.45 ERA over 16 starts.

At the start of 2020, MLB Pipeline rated Gore as the best pitching prospect in minor league baseball and the fifth-best prospect overall. He did not play a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gore began the 2021 season with the El Paso Chihuahuas but was placed on the injured list after compiling a 5.85 ERA over six starts to go along with a lingering blister and various mechanical issues.

Gore made three rehab appearances before he was assigned to the San Antonio Missions with whom he threw eight innings in which he walked nine, struck out 16, and gave up three earned runs. He ended the season being ranked the 56th overall best prospect in baseball and the fourth-best left-handed pitching prospect.

Gore made his MLB debut on April 15, 2022, pitching against the defending champion Atlanta Braves. He threw 5+1⁄3 innings while giving up 3 hits and 2 runs.