MacKenzie Gore has been promoted to the San Diego Padres AA Texas League affiliate, the Amarillo Sod Poodles. Gore had been dominating the Advanced A California League, compiling a 7-1 record with an ERA of 1.02 for the Lake Elsinore Storm. Most recently, Gore pitched a shut out inning in Sunday’s MLB Futures game in Cleveland.
Gore will join a loaded Amarillo team which won the Texas League South Division first half championship. Gore, the number one prospect in the Padres minor league organization (#3 in all MiLB), joins a Sod Poodles team that now features nine of the Padres top 29 prospects.
Gore will become only the third 20 year-old to pitch in the Texas League this season. The other two 20 year-olds are his Amarillo teammates Adrian Morejon and Andres Munoz.
Amarillo now has arguably the best pitching prospect in minor league baseball to go with the best name. A “Sod Poodle” is the term early settlers in the Midwest used for prairie dogs. A twitter poll conducted by Fox Sports MLB named Sod Poodles as the best minor league team name, beating out the El Paso Chihuahuas. El Paso is also a San Diego minor league affiliate.