Kennesaw State’s Pentecost chosen nation’s top catcher

Catcher Max Pentecost of Kennesaw State won the Johnny Bench Award from the Greater Wichita (Kan.) Area Sports Commission banquet. The award goes to the top Division I catcher.

Pentecost became the first KSU player to win the award and the first from Georgia.

Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber and Ole Miss’ Will Allen were the other finalists.

Other winners include Florida State’s Buster Posey and Cal State Fullerton’s Kurt Suzuki.

During the 2014 season, Pentecost led the nation in hits with 113 and ranked second in batting average at .422. Both set new Atlantic Sun Conference and Kennesaw State single-season records.

Pentecost had 24 doubles, 61 RBIs, nine home runs and two. Pentecost also drew 30 walks while striking out a miniscule 26 times in 268 at-bats.

Pentecost became the school’s highest MLB draft pick when he was chosen at No. 11 by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month.

6 comments Add your comment


June 27th, 2014
9:18 pm

Well Done! Proof that the KSU campus can attract the athletes to compete at the highest level. Give them a few years in Football and….. Watch out!!!

The Truth

June 27th, 2014
10:18 pm

Congrats to the Pentecost family. Dad wasn’t a bad multi-sport star back in the day.


June 27th, 2014
11:10 pm

joe smith

June 28th, 2014
12:10 am

That is great!!! But the reporter said “first from Georgia” ….WRONG Buster Posey is from Lee County!! SW GA near Albany


June 28th, 2014
5:58 am

Buster Posey is from Georgia, played at FSU


June 28th, 2014
8:36 am

As a Kennesaw native…GO FIGHTING OWLS!