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Monday, March 16, 2020

Sunday Notes: MacKenzie Gore is a Power Pitcher Who Doesn’t Hunt Punchouts

What will possibly be the last of these for quite some time:

MacKenzie Gore struck me as a straightforward sort when I talked to him in San Diego Padres camp last Sunday. Polite but not loquacious, the 21-year-old southpaw perfunctorily answered each of my inquiries about his repertoire and approach. This is something he’s used to doing. As baseball’s top pitching prospect, Gore gets more than his fair share of media attention.

I didn’t walk into the conversation expecting to glean a boatload of fresh insight. I’m familiar with the scouting reports — all glowing — and as a FanGraphs reader you likely are as well. Even so, an opportunity to hear directly from the horse’s mouth wasn’t something I wanted to pass up.

A look at some numbers before we get to his words. In 20 starts last year between high-A Lake Elsinore (this in the hitter-friendly Cal League) and Double-A Amarillo, Gore logged a 1.69 ERA and won nine of 11 decisions. Moreover — this is the eye-popping part — he had 135 strikeouts, and allowed just 56 hits, in 101 innings.

“I’m a guy who attacks the zone with his fastball,” Gore told me. “I’m going out there looking to throw a lot of innings, so I’m trying to get people out early. I’m trying to throw the least amount of pitches possible.”

 

QLE Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:08 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: andrew vaughn, mackenzie gore, michael chavis, nick madrigal, statistics, sunday notes

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 16, 2020 at 02:36 AM (#5930837)
In Soviet Union, punchouts hunt you!
   2. . . . . . . Posted: March 16, 2020 at 03:47 PM (#5931083)
I feel like this article very politely is saying "Million dollar arm, five cent head".
   3. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: March 16, 2020 at 05:31 PM (#5931153)
I don't think it implies anything about his intellect or dedication. It's more that when you have that kind of off-the-charts stuff, you don't particularly have to pursue strikeouts to rack up lots of strikeouts. Particularly in 2020.

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