Jun 7, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals infielder Sutton Whiting (1) tags out Kennesaw State owls catcher Max Pentecost (3) at second base during bottom of the first inning at Jim Patterson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays sign first round draft picks Jeff Hoffman and Max Pentecost


According to an official press release, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed both of their first round draft picks from the 2014 Rule 4 Draft.

Jeff Hoffman, 21, was drafted ninth overall by the Blue Jays and was considered one of the top talents in this year’s draft before undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring. He will miss the rest of the 2014 season but should return to the mound at some point in 2015.

Max Pentecost, also 21, was drafted eleventh by the Blue Jays. The catcher was named MVP of the Cape Cod League in 2013 and has good tools across the board with no real weaknesses. He’s expected to stick at catcher and was considered the best “true” catcher leading into this year’s draft.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sporstnet, both players will sign at the recommended slot. I figured they would be getting a bit more of a discount on Hoffman but at the end of the day I’m just happy that both players have finally signed.

Pentecost should be off to Vancouver to join the Class A Short-Season Canadians.

[h/t MLB Trade Rumors]

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  • Andrew van Laar

    whew! I was starting to worry :S

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com/ Keegan Matheson

    Awesome news! I assumed Hoffman would sign given his Twitter activity and impending surgery, but Pentecost was starting to worry me. I couldn’t handle anymore Round 1 heartbreak.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Just as an update, it has been confirmed that Pentecost is definitely going to Vancouver :)

    • RyanMueller

      That’s pretty aggressive if you ask me but I hope that he tears it up and ends the year with the lugnuts or better yet the D-Jays.

      • Andrew van Laar

        You think so? I think the Jays see him as having an advanced bat that can handle the level and he is 21. We shall see what happens. I hope he just tears -A ball up!