San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller selected MacKenzie Gore with the third overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft 1,768 days ago.
Across the 1,768 days between being drafted and making his major league debut, Gore dealt with blister issues, became the top pitching prospect in baseball, and struggled with pitching mechanics.
Gore got the call and made his first professional start Friday night in front of a packed Petco Park crowd while donning the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson breaking the MLB color barrier 75 years ago to the day.
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His final pitching line after 73 pitches over 5.1 innings included three strikeouts while allowing just three hits and walking just two batters.
It took little time for the southpaw to settle in as he struck out Ozzie Albies to retire his first major league hitter. The first ball to be put in play against Gore was a fly-out to CJ Abrams, the 2019 first-round pick of the Padres.
Fastball velocity ranged from 93 to 98 MPH on 53 pitches, which averaged 95.6 MPH. Offspeed pitches were sprinkled in from Gore as he relied on that fastball for the entirety of his outing. His most used off-speed pitch was the curveball, which he threw just nine times.
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Gore went through the Atlanta Braves lineup the first time without surrendering a hit while striking out two hitters. Matt Olson was the only Braves batter to reach the first time around when he worked a full count walk. Albies punished Gore with two outs in the third inning by belting a home run on the first pitch.
Atlanta got things going in the fourth inning as well. After Austin Riley led off with a 112 MPH double, he came around to score the second run.
As it lines up, Gore will next start against the Cincinnati Reds at home on Wednesday.