Poll: Cubs Catcher Prospects
Max Pentecost: Six-foot-two, 191 pounds
Pentecost was a catcher for Kennesaw State University. He is the best true catcher in the 2014 draft. On top of him being an excellent position player, he excels as a hitter. He makes the most of every pitch and has a nice swing. Over 60 games, Pentecost stole 16 bases and hit nine home runs with a .424 batting average. Northeast Baseball Prospects said, “At the plate is where Pentecost shines. He is a professional hitter.”
Risk: He does not have a lot of over-the-fence power.
Alex Jackson: Six-foot-two, 215 pounds
Jackson was a catcher for Rancho Bernardo High School in California. He has short arm action and a quick release. Jackson also has some of the best raw power at the plate in the 2014 draft. He held a .385 batting average and hit 11 home runs. SB Nation said, “No matter where he plays, his bat will work.”
Risk: He needs to work on skills as a catcher. He has a faster chance of getting to the major leagues as an outfielder, which the Cubs do not need.
Kyle Schwarber: Six-foot, 240 pounds
Schwarber was a catcher for the Indiana Hoosiers. He is a powerful left-handed hitter that will be an excellent middle-of-the-order batter. He finished with a .336 batting average and led the Hoosiers with a .623 slugging percentage. Grantland said, Schwarber “might be the top college bat in the upcoming June 5 MLB draft.”
Risk: He doesn’t have great blocking or receiving skills as a catcher.
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