• Full name Maxwell Christian Carlson
  • Born 09/13/2001 in Edina, MN
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School North Carolina
  • Drafted in the 12th round (358th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2023 (signed for $150,000).
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    School: North Carolina Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.8
    Carlson ranked as the No. 241 prospect in the 2020 class out of high school thanks to pitchabiltiy and a sound three-pitch mix. Three years later at North Carolina, Carlson’s pitchability remains, but his pitch mix is composed of two offerings more often than not and his results have been just middling. In 2023 he posted a 5.45 ERA through 14 starts and 76 innings, with a 23.4% strikeout rate and 9.8% walk rate. While that walk rate was the lowest of his career, Carlson also gave up the long ball at his highest-ever rate—a 17.2% clip per fly ball. A 6-foot-1, 210-pound righthander, Carlson pitches in the 90-93 mph range and touches 95, and uses a low-80s changeup as his primary secondary and swing-and-miss pitch. He generated a 40% miss rate with the changeup this spring, which was far and away his most effective bat-missing offering. He’ll also mix in a low-80s slider, but he used the pitch at just a 7% rate. Carlson is the younger brother of Sam Carlson, who pitches in the Mariners organization.

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Career Transactions

  • RHP Max Carlson assigned to Salem Red Sox from FCL Red Sox.
  • RHP Max Carlson assigned to FCL Red Sox.
  • Boston Red Sox signed RHP Max Carlson.
  • RHP Max Carlson assigned to North Carolina Tar Heels.

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