- Position: Catcher
- School: Kennesaw State (College), Junior
- Bats: R, Throws: R
- DOB: March 10, Height: 6-foot-1, Weight: 190
Scouting Grades from MLB.com – Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
MLB.com uses the 20-80 scouting scale for future tools: 20-30 – well below average | 40 – below average | 50 – average | 60 – above average | 70-80 – well above average
Max Pentecost is moving up boards as the draft approaches and he could end up being selected within the first 10 picks. The Cubs have not tipped their hand but it is looking like if LHP Carlos Rodon is off the board, the Cubs will take a position player with the fourth overall pick in the draft.
Alex Jackson, the top rated catcher in the draft, could be gone by the time the Cubs are on the board. The Cubs are believed to be very high on Jackson, Nick Gordon and Max Pentecost. And Theo Epstein reportedly watched Pentecost on May 21.
Keith Law mentioned in his first mock draft that he had learned the Cubs were high on Pentecost and could take him with the fourth pick then use the bonus pool money they ‘saved’ on the first pick to possibly upgrade a second round selection. John Manuel in his latest mock draft has the Cubs taking Pentecost and Jim Callis mentioned the possibility as well that the Cubs could select Pentecost and sign him to an under-slot deal.
Max Pentecost grades out very well and unlike Alex Jackson, Pentecost projects to be a catcher and a good one.
According to the report from MLB.com, Max Pentecost is “a rare catcher who could have average or better tools across the board, has a chance to hit for solid average and power.”
Offensively, reports indicate Pentecost has a quick bat with a short, line-drive swing with some lift that some think could translate into a 12-15 home run bat per season in the big leagues. Pentecost hits with an open stance and has demonstrated a solid approach at the plate.
Defensively, Pentecost is quick with good receiving abilities with good speed for the position. Pentecost has shown improvement behind the plate and the willingness to learn. But there is work to do. He has good blocking skills with average arm strength and inconsistent throwing mechanics. Comps have been made to Jason Kendall.
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The Rangers selected Max Pentecost in the seventh round of the 2011 draft out of high school. Pentecost was coming off “surgery to repair a stress fracture in his throwing arm” and he was very close to signing with the Rangers.
In 54 games this season, Max Pentecost hit .422/.477/.626 with 21 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 23 walks with 23 strikeouts in 230 at bats and a 1.103 OPS.