Baseball officials named three San Diego Padres prospects to the squad for the Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game.
Pitchers MacKenzie Gore, Adrian Morejon and Luis Patino will appear at the July 7 game in Cleveland.
All three sit on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list, with Gore ranked the highest at third overall for the major leagues. He is considered the Padres’ top prospect.
Gore, 20, and Patino, 19, play for the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres’ Class-A affiliate. Morejon, 20, plays for the Class-AA affiliate, the Amarillo Sod Poodles.
Gore told MiLB.com that he wants “to keep getting better every time out.”
“My fastball has been working really well thus far,” Gore said. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’m in a good spot right now. I’ve always had the stuff [to pitch this well], but I needed to find the command of all four pitches and put it together. The key is to keep throwing strikes.”
The game, which pits the National League teams’ minor-league talents against the American League’s, takes place as part of baseball’s All-Star festivities in Cleveland.
MLB Network will air the Futures game. The major league All-Star Game, on Fox, is July 9.
– Staff reports
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