Braves: What does Terrance Gore bring to the table?

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Atlanta made a sneaky good signing yesterday, inking Terrance Gore to a minor-league pact.

Gore brings a lot of what Billy Hamilton offered Atlanta — wheels. He was on the Dodgers in 2020, and although he didn’t receive any at-bats; his track record (no pun intended) is impressive. Used mostly as a pinch runner over his six year career, he was okay with the stick in limited action in 2019, posting a .715 OPS with 13 steals in 18 tries, albeit only over 37 games. From 2012-2018 in the minors with the Royals, Gore nabbed 276 bases, including 68 in 2013. The Macon native still hasn’t lost a step at age 29, so I expect him to run wild in Gwinnett.

Gore only has one professional home run, and that was in AAA in 2017. It would be pretty cool for him to get his first one in the bigs in 2021. Braves fans probably won’t see too much of him, but he could play a valuable Billy Hamilton-esque role off the bench. At minimum, Gore is a quick band-aid in the outfield if injury strikes, and at best, he’s a valuable postseason weapon on the basepaths. I’ll always take a fun player on a no-risk contract.

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