Max Pentecost recently underwent shoulder surgery in an operation that will delay the 2015 debut of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2014 first rounder, sources told Sportsnet.
Dr. James Andrews performed the operation, a scope intended to clean out the shoulder joint of the top catching prospect’s throwing arm. Pentecost previously had a shoulder cleanup after the 2014 season, but the operation didn’t work as well as initially hoped.
Pentecost is expected to resume throwing within three months, though he could start baseball activities sooner.
Pentecost debuted with the Blue Jays’ organization in 2014 after being selected out of Kennesaw State University with the 11th overall pick of the draft. He batted .324 with a .749 OPS in 25 games, earning a promotion to Class A Vancouver before his season ended with a wrist issue.
Viewed as an athletic catcher with the potential to start at the big league level, Pentecost ranks among the Blue Jays’ top prospects behind only Daniel Norris, Aaron Sanchez, Dalton Pompey and fellow 2014 first round pick Jeff Hoffman, according to Baseball America.