The San Diego Padres selected Whiteville (North Carolina) High School pitcher MacKenzie Gore with the 3rd pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-2 Gore went 9-0 with a 0.22 era and 132 strikeouts in 63 innings during this senior season in high school, leading Whiteville to a North Carolina state championship. Gore's high school team at Whiteville won 3 of 4 state championships during his time at the school.
In an interview prior to the draft, when asked about prospects Padres General Manager A.J. Preller said, "there's always more and more pitching prospects" year to year.
Gore is represented by agent Scott Boras. As an agent, Boras has a history of being difficult in signing negoatiations, so things could get interesting between Gore and the Padres. If Gore doesn't sign with the Padres, he has a scholarship offer from East Carolina University.