Elite Pitching Prospect To Debut For Padres

He was once touted as the top pitching prospect in baseball. But things went off the rails for MacKenzie Gore these past few years. Until now. The San Diego Padres have recalled the post-hype pitcher to make his long-awaited major league debut on Friday. 

Gore will start in place of Blake Snell, who, as expected, heads to the injured list with adductor tightness. Gore will get thrown right into the fire, as he'll face the Atlanta Braves in his long-overdue big league debut. 

As Padres' beat writer Kevin Acee writes in the San Diego Union-Tribute, the 23-year-old Gore's arrival "has been among the most anticipated in franchise history almost since the team drafted him 3rd overall in 2017."

He was named the consensus Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019, but mechanical hitches in his delivery derailed his arrival in the big leagues. 

Acee expects he'll get at least a couple of starts to show his stuff. 

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