MLB Draft scouting report: Kennesaw State C Max Pentecost

MLB Draft scouting report: Kennesaw State C Max Pentecost
June 4, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Max Pentecost (C), Kennesaw State University

6'2" | 191 lbs

2014 stats (may be incomplete): 60 G, .424/.479/.631 (1.111 OPS), 22 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 50 R, 57 RBI, 16 SB, 26 BB, 25 K

Scouting report:

"At the plate is where Pentecost shines. He is a professional hitter. He works counts well and makes the most of every pitch. He possesses a smooth, easy swing allowing him to rope line drives from line to line. He doesn't have a ton of over the fence power but it will be average or a tick below as he matures. His line drive orientation, fast hands and good barrel awareness should allow him to be a high average hitter and situational hitter to help the team in ways the box score doesn't show." (Minor League Ball via Northeast Baseball Prospects)

"'The best true catcher is probably Pentecost," a club executive said. "He's going in the first round for sure. He doesn't have a lot of power, it's more alley and extra-base hits than pure power, but he's a good hitter, a good athlete and he can run. He can throw and he will get better as a receiver. I think it's a solid overall player at a tough position to find.'" (MLB.com)

Fit for White Sox: The White Sox have not been linked to Pentecost, but as one of the best position players in the draft and the top catcher available, many teams will be monitoring his status in Thursday's opening round.

Fit for Cubs: The Cubs are definitely in on Pentecost and depending on how the rest of the draft shakes out in the first three rounds, the Kennesaw State backstop may be the ideal fit for an organization lacking any impact catching talent.

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