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Max Pentecost

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Max Pentecost
Name: Maxwell Glen Pentecost
Born: Mar 10, 1993 in Winder, Ga. USA
High School: Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga.
College: Kennesaw State
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 191 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014 (signed for $2,888,300)
The Rangers drafted Pentecost as a seventh-rounder in 2011 but couldn't sign him away from Kennesaw State, due in part to a broken bone in his elbow joint that hampered him in high school. Pentecost's athleticism stood out then and still does after catching for most of the last three seasons. Scouts consider him an above-average runner period, fairly exceptional for a catcher, and his 6-foot-1, 190-pound body could use more strength to hold up under the rigors of catching 100-plus games. The body and his speed earn him Jason Kendall comparisons. He's an average receiver with average arm strength with inconsistent throwing mechanics and profiles as an offensive catcher. After two solid seasons as an everyday player, Pentecost took things up a notch last summer, earning Cape Cod League MVP honors by hitting .346/.424/.538. In 2014, he ranked among the national top 10 in batting and hits as the calendar turned to May, and scouts like his line-drive swing, which has improved over the course of his college career. Most scouts see him as a below-average power producer but some see enough feel for hitting for Pentecost to reach 12-15 homers eventually.
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