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School: Kennesaw State; Class: Junior
Position: C; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-1; Weight: 190 pounds
Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 7th round, 2011
Background: Whereas Indiana backstop Kyle Schwarber has more than enough potential with the bat and questions abound about his defensive inefficiencies behind the plate, Pentecost has the defensive chops to stick behind the plate – he’s thrown out about one-third of potential base runners and allowed four passed balls this season – but his ceiling with bat has been a little foggy, despite slugging .412/.471/.619 with 25 extra-base hits.
After hitting .302/.374/.410 with 14 doubles and three homeruns for Kennesaw State last season, Pentecost finished as the fourth most productive hitter in the Cape Cod League. He totaled 29.247 Runs Created while hitting .346/.424/.538.
Projection: I’m a big believer in the bat. He’s done nothing but hit since turning down the Rangers’ contract offer and heading to college. Through more than two and half seasons of data, Pentecost has slugged .330/.402/.472 while making strides in his contact rate.
Now, Kennesaw’s home field tends to inflate offensive numbers a bit, but the power, patience, hit tool, and speed are average across the board. And according to his Spray Chart, he used the whole field fairly well last summer (warning: sample size of about 150 plate appearances).
Pentecost is a potential solid everyday backstop, peaking around 3.0, maybe 3.5-wins above replacement. The total package is better than the individual pieces, though. Think .280/.335/.430 with 15 homeruns and solid defense.
Ceiling: 4.0-win player
Floor: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: First Round