Whiteville’s MacKenzie Gore was selected by the San Diego Padres with the third pick in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. A club generally retains the rights to sign a selected player until 11:59 PM (EDT) August 15, or until the player enters, or returns to, a four-year college on a full-time basis. Gore has committed to East Carolina University to play collegiately if he chooses not to sign with the Padres.
The slotted money for the third pick is $6,668,100. This does not mean San Diego must offer this amount to Gore. Each team is allotted a certain total amount of bonus signing money for its picks through the first 10 rounds. If a team spends more than its allotment a penalty is assessed. The penalty can be monetary and the loss of picks in the next year’s draft.
Gore’s pitching statistics for his high school career include 315 and 1/3 innings pitched, 124 hits allowed, 48 walks and 556 strikeouts. He allowed 30 runs in four years, 16 earned, resulting in a 0.35 ERA. His high school won-loss record is 41-2.
Gore helped lead the Whiteville Wolfpack to four consecutive 1A State Championship appearances. Whiteville brought home championships in 2014, 2015, and 2017. Gore was named the championship series Most Outstanding Player during each of those championship winning seasons. This year, Gore also became North Carolina’s first recipient of the GATORADE High School Baseball Player of the Year.