According to the Vancouver Canadians Twitter account Max Pentecost will make his much anticipated Vancouver Canadians début.
Max Pentecost was the Toronto Blue Jays 1st round selection (actually he was the Jays second of the 1st round) of this year Amateur Draft. Pentecost was widely regarded as the best catcher in the draft and since Alex Anthopoulus has decided to trade away allow our other highly regarded catching prospects over the past 2 years.
I don’t expect Max to spend the rest of the 2014 season with the C’s and would love to see him finish the year catching in Lansing, but I would really really like to see him get a taste of the playoff with the D-Jays….as a bench guy behind Santiago Nessy. This could all be a pipe dream if Max struggles out of the gate with the C’s like Matt Morgan has been doing with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.
Morgan, also a catcher and fellow 2014 Draftee, was sent to the Gulf Coast League to start his career, but has struggled mightily through 16 games and is hitting .148/.246/.204 with one home run, 7 walks and 20 strike outs. The GCL is a completely different animal then High School Baseball and Morgan is finding that out the hard way. Max has 3 years at Kennesaw State which gave him the maturity and skills to hit the ground running in the GCL, where Morgan is 18 and fresh out of High School.
Max Pentecost’s 2014 GCL Stats
The C’s haven’t released where Max will be hitting in the C’s lineup or who he will be catching but you can listen live on Team Radio 1040 or Team Radio 1410 at 7:05 Pacific Time Zone…I will be sleeping by that time. This is exciting considering Alex Anthopoulus never (slight exaggeration) signed any of our previous 1st round selections.
Good luck Max Pentecost…make us proud.