MacKenzie Gore — one of baseball’s top left-handed pitching prospects — made his Midwest League debut for the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Tuesday, but his team fell a run short and dropped to 0-6 to start the season.
The No. 3 overall draft pick last year, Gore pitched the first three innings of Fort Wayne’s game vs. the Lansing Lugnuts, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four batters and threw 66 pitches (42 strikes). His fastball reportedly topped out at 95 mph and sat around 94 mph. (You can read more about the San Diego Padres prospect in my TinCaps team preview here.)
The Lugnuts won the game 6-5, improving to 4-2 this season while dropping the TinCaps to 0-6. Kevin Smith led the Lansing offense by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs batted in, and a stolen base. His 10 RBI leads the Midwest League.
Ryan Noda also drove in two runs for the Lugnuts, and teammate Christian Williams hit a solo homer.
Gabriel Arias doubled twice, walked once, and scored three times for the TinCaps.