Like the fans of team in any other sport, people want to see their top guys as much as possible. In the NFL, people cannot wait for the first opportunity to see the latest quarterback taken No. 1 overall throw their first pass. In the NBA, like this current season, fans were clamoring to see Zion Williamson step out on the court and dunk on his first victim.
However, the developmental process when it comes to baseball prospects is a little more ... gradual. MacKenzie Gore was drafted third overall by the Padres in the 2017 MLB Draft, while Luis Patino was signed as an international free agent in July of 2016. So you all have been waiting very patiently to see these guys get promoted.
This is Gore and Patino’s first spring training and coaching staff has come together and decided bringing both prospects along slowly is the right way to go.
“They probably haven’t been prepared to throw seven to eight months. I don’t want to call it a slow play, but it’s been planned ever since their invite. They’re going start cranking into games maybe a week or two later than some of the other guys,” said Manager Jayce Tingler.
In his latest season, Patino most recently split time between the Lake Elsinore Storm (A), and Amarillo Sod Poodles (AA). In 20 games with 19 starts between both teams, Patino went 6-8 with a 2.57 ERA and struck out 124 in 94 2⁄3 innings.
Last year, Gore was the recipient of the MLB Pipeline’s Pitcher of the Year after posting a 1.69 ERA and a 35.7% strikeout rate between time with Lake Elsinore and Amarillo.
MacKenzie Gore turned 21 today.— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) February 25, 2020
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefthander has turned heads so far during spring training. And that's not just because of his abilities on the mound.https://t.co/1ASagy0U8g
So what do you all think? Are the coaches doing the right thing or would you rather see the prospects as soon as possible? Let’s talk about it.