Max Pentecost
27-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a contract with the Blue Jays in July of 2014 that includes a $2.88 million signing bonus.
Officially retires
CFree Agent  
April 3, 2019
Pentecost has retired from professional baseball, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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The No. 11 overall pick in 2014, Pentecost's career was derailed by a number of injuries, and that lost developmental time resulted in poor performance in 2018 at Double-A. He is 26 years old and played in 260 minor-league games.
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March 9, 2016
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March 1, 2015
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Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: AL East
February 2, 2015
James Anderson kicks off the 2015 prospect coverage by sharing his top-10 rankings and looking at the most impactful prospects on the brink in the AL East.
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Pentecost has been derailed by shoulder injuries over the last two seasons. After missing all of the 2015 campaign due to surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder, Pentecost returned to action in May, but the catching prospect spent much of the time at designated hitter. His excellent plate discipline and decent power flashed at Low-A Lansing, where he slashed .314/.375/.490 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 62 games. That resulted in a promotion to High-A Dunedin, though Pentecost subsequently injured his left shoulder sliding awkwardly into home plate after just 12 contests. The Jays are hopeful that Pentecost will be fully healed and ready to return behind the plate for the 2017 campaign, but it is clear the growth and progress of their 2014 first-round pick has been stunted thus far.
One of the Blue Jays' top prospects, Pentecost had a disappointing 2015 campaign as he was unable to play a single inning after going under the knife for his second shoulder surgery. In his only minor league season, Pentecost played rookie ball in Bluefield and for Single-A short season Vancouver, but could only play 25 games. Despite the small sample size, Pentecost showed why he was drafted in the first round as he hit .324 across both levels and even stole a pair of bases. The 22-year-old has all the talent in the world and has the skill set to be a major league catcher, but will need to stay off the training table in order to live up to his boundless potential. One area to work on is reducing his strikeout rate, as he was striking out in 20 percent of his at-bats.
Selected out of college with the 11th pick of the 2014 draft, Pentecost was the first true catching prospect off the board. He has an impressive line-drive stroke, with the ability to spray the ball to all fields. It is unlikely, however, that he will ever be much of a home-run threat. In a brief stint at short-season ball last year, he slashed .313/.322/.410 with no home runs and two steals in 87 plate appearances. While he did not hit any over the fence, Pentecost had three triples in just 19 games, which illustrates his impressive speed, relative to his position. Pentecost might actually be a better contributor in steals than home runs in the big leagues, which is a unique, yet valuable skill set for a catcher. Unfortunately, he probably won't make it to the majors until 2019, so extreme patience is required to own him in dynasty leagues.
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Contemplating future
CToronto Blue Jays  
Personal
March 22, 2019
Pentecost has left camp to consider his future, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Heading to Arizona Fall League
CToronto Blue Jays  
Undisclosed
September 1, 2017
Pentecost will participate in the Arizona Fall League, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Placed on minor-league DL
CToronto Blue Jays  
Undisclosed
August 12, 2017
Pentecost was placed on the DL retroactive to August 8 with an undisclosed injury, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Increasing workload as catcher
CToronto Blue Jays  
August 3, 2017
Pentecost, who missed the entire 2015 season due to shoulder surgeries, is beginning to see more time at catcher now that he's back to full health, Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Back behind dish
CToronto Blue Jays  
April 20, 2017
Pentecost caught his first game since 2014 on Tuesday and is hitting .258/.303/.387 with one home run and a 6:2 K:BB in 31 at-bats with High-A Dunedin.
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