The past few days have probably been unlike any other stretch Max Pentecost has experienced in his young life, especially in terms of baseball.
The Winder-Barrow High School graduate helped the Kennesaw State baseball team to a Super Regional series before falling to Louisville this past weekend.
Pentecost and the Owls became the talk of college baseball after posting several upsets in reaching the Super Regional.
As if that were not enough, Pentecost was drafted in the first round by the Toronto Blue Jays last week causing Facebook pages of those in and around Barrow County to offer congratulations to a standout player who also helped make the Diamond Doggs program a success during his diamond days locally.
Pentecost was also recently named one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com. The award is presented to the top collegiate baseball catcher in the United States annually.
A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. Pentecost, Will Allen of University of Mississippi and Kyle Schwarber of Indiana will head to Witchita, Kansas, where the award will be presented to the winner at the 17th annual Greater Witchita Sports banquet on Wednesday, June 26.
Pentecost’s season has him ranked near the top of many categories nationally. The junior leads the nation in hits with 110 while ranking second nationally in batting average and in total bases. He is also in the top 25 in five other offensive categories.
Pentecost can do it all behind the plate as well, hosing 21 runners attempting to steal on him to go along with a .975 fielding percentage.
He was also was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and was later named to the A-Sun First Team All-Conference and was recognized as a member of the A-Sun All-Tournament team after going 7-of-16 and scoring seven runs to help lead KSU to their first ever conference tournament title.
The WBHS graduate was key in leading the Owls to their first ever Regional Championship and a birth in this weekend’s Super Regional in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was 6-of-14 with three RBI while scoring two runs. He was named to the Tallahassee All-Regional Team.
Pentecost is also a semifinalist Dick Howser Award for breakout player of the year.
Last week he was named to the Greg Olson Watch List, which is given to the college baseball’s breakout player of the year.
This is actually the second time Pentecost has heard his name called on draft day. He was selected in the 7th round (234th overall pick) of the 2011 Major League Draft by the Texas Rangers. In high school, he led Winder-Barrow to three consecutive state playoff appearances and was a four-year letter winner and an honor graduate who ranked 13th in his graduating class.
Look for additional updates on Pentecost in future issues of the Barrow Journal.
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