Join Jays From the Couch in highlighting Blue Jays Top Prospect Max Pentecost’s 2017 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays
A career riddled with injury is the best way to explain the trials and tribulations of Blue Jays’ Max Pentecost.
Drafted in the 1st round of the 2014 Draft, Max hasn’t managed to play a full season, missing the entire 2015 season recovering from wrist and shoulder surgeries.
Despite missing time to the disabled list once again in 2017, Max’s season can be considered a success for one simple reason. He was reintroduced to the field again (1st base and catcher) after being used strictly at DH in 2016.
Pentecost played 15 games in April. He batted .328 with a pair of doubles, and 6 HR. After going hitless in the Season Opener, the 24-yr-old finished the month riding a 14-game hit streak. While he wasn’t placed on the disabled list, Pentecost was reassigned between April 10th and April 16th. He was able to get behind the plate for 3 games.
May saw Max’s hit streak come to an end at 18 games. He played in 25 games during the month of May, hitting .295 with 5 doubles, a triple, and 3 HR. Unfortunately, he struck out 23 times and only walked 11 during this time. He was able to get behind the plate for 7 games.
The Kennesaw State Alumni managed to play just 6 games in June, landing on the DL June 10th. He would miss a month with this ailment but management to play three games behind the plate.
The part-time catcher made his return to Dunedin on July 8th after a one-game rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays. Pentecost managed to bat .286 with 6 doubles, and a triple but no home runs in 20 games. He played five games behind the plate.
Unfortunately, August saw Pentecost’s season come to an end on August 8th with another trip to the disabled list.
Max Pentecost had more success hitting left-handed pitching (.326 BA) versus right-handed pitching (.259 BA). Despite having twice the at-bats against RHP, Pentecost hit half his doubles (7) and home runs (4) off LHP.
With all the time missed due to injury, Pentecost didn’t see any change in plate discipline between his time in Lansing and his time in Dunedin. Max finished with a 7.3 BB% and 19.7 K% as a D-Jay while posting .157 ISO. Pentecost performed above league average posting .353 wOBA and 124 wRC+ while showing some luck with a .323 BABIP.
Game of the Year and 2017 Stats
On May 7th, while catching, Pentecost went 4-for-6 with 2 runs scored, a home run, and 5 runs batted in as the Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Bradenton Marauders 16-4 with a 22 hit attack. The home run was Pentecost’s 7th. He would hit only 2 more home runs the rest of the season.
MLB Pipeline has Max Pentecost listed as Toronto’s 8th prospect. He finished the 2017 season with a triple slash of .274/.343/.452 (.795 OPS), 14 doubles, 2 triples, 9 HR and 54 RBI.
If healthy, Max Pentecost could reach the majors in 2018 but not as a full-time catcher. I expect that he will start the year in Double-A with New Hampshire with a lot of hype surrounding him.
Why the hype?
In an effort to get the oft-injured former 1st rounder some extra reps, Max Pentecost will be heading to the Arizona Fall League this offseason. I expect that he will impress scouts, as Rowdy Tellez did in 2015.
Pentecost will once again hit in the heart of the order and should set career highs across the board….hopefully in games played as well. He has a lot of ground to make up with Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire passing him on the depth chart, but I expect that he will make up that ground and should pass McGuire in 2018.
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