Former Greyhound Terrance Gore is back in the big leagues, this time with the Chicago Cubs.
As expected, Gore was promoted from AAA Iowa on Sept. 1 when major league rosters could expand from 25 players to up to 40.
Gore was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Cubs on Aug. 15. He was assigned to the Cubs’ AAA Pacific Coast League team in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 16, appearing in 11 games – six in center field, four in left field and one as a pinch-runner.
He batted .118 with six runs, two walks and 13 strikeouts in 34 at-bats, and he had five stolen bases for Iowa. He was caught stealing once and picked off once.
Although he was acquired for his speed as a baserunner, Gore’s first appearance with the Cubs on Sunday was as a defensive replacement in left field in the ninth inning of an 8-1 win at Philadelphia.
He was used as a pinch runner in the ninth inning of Chicago’s game at Milwaukee on Monday, stealing second base, but he was stranded there and the Cubs lost 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth.
Gore was drafted in the 20th round by Kansas City in 2011 and had spent all of his pro career in the Royals’ system before last month’s trade. He has 296 stolen bases in eight minor league seasons, and 21 stolen bases in parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Royals, where he was almost exclusively used as a pinch runner.
The Cubs are expected to use him in a similar manner as they try to hold on to first place in the National League Central division for the final month of the regular season. Since he was acquired by the team before the end of August, he would also be eligible to be on the Cubs’ playoff roster, if they decide to keep him when they have to pare back down to 25 players.
In eight postseason games with the Royals in 2014 and 2015, Gore had four stolen bases and was caught once, and he scored two runs, all as a pinch runner.
Gore played in 49 regular season games with the Royals in parts of four seasons, stealing 21 bases, being caught just four times, and scoring 14 runs. He only had 14 plate appearances, however, going hitless. But he did reach base three times, once on a walk and twice when hit by pitches.