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Commitment Spotlight: '20 Max Carlson, RHP, Burnsville

Andy Judkins
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota


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Max Carlson

Class of 2020 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Burnsville
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: Minnesota Blizzard
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Max FB
89 - 91
77 - 81
79 - 82
Max FB
89 - 91
77 - 81
79 - 82
OF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report


2017 PBR Future Games- 6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. University of North Carolina commit. #15 ranked player in 2020 PBR Overall Rankings. Had a single and 3 walks in game action. 6.9 runner. Easy load and stride, short to contact, stays on and through, line drive swing plane with extension through baseball, 97 mph exit velocity. Comfortable in field with easy actions, good routes and angles, long strides and covers ground well, accurate to target with online throws that have carry, 94 mph arm from outfield. Slight tuck and turn over rubber, clean loose arm action, has extension to plate, ball jumps on hitter. Solid running action on fastball; compliments with one of better changeups in the 2020 class. Fastball was 85-90 mph, touching 91 mph, with 74-75 mph breaking ball, and an above avg. changeup at 73-77 mph.

3/19/17- 6-foot, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Whippy arm from an immature frame. Ran his fastball up to 88 and sat 86-88 with some ASR. Crisply repeats motion. Dropped his elbow some on the slider (70mph), but it showed tight spin with 11/5-10/4 break. Got under it a bit, but it has a chance to be a swing and miss pitch. Showed plus feel for the changeup at 71-72 for strikes with nice fading action. Much more velocity to come for him as he matures. 7.02 runner with long strides. At the plate showed easy rhythm and balance with a two-handed hard swing and finish. Ball jumped off his bat and he worked line drives to the middle of the field. Arm worked with carry from the outfield with a loose, medium swing. 91 mph arm strength from outfield.



Pitching (8/2/17)

PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?

Carlson: I chose Carolina because it felt like home when I was there. It felt right to be there 

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Carlson: Florida and North Carolina were my top 2 schools 

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with him?

Carlson: I think the first time they saw me was the PBR futures games. We talked on the phone multiple times before I went down for a visit. 

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school?

Carlson: It is a stressful time going through recruiting, but it was worth the time because it’s an important decision. I’m glad it over but I enjoyed my time. 

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?

Carlson: The most important thing was wether I could see myself going to school there or not and I definitely could so that put Carolina over the top. 

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?

Carlson: My brother has been a great role model for me and his advice helps me out with lot. 

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?

Carlson: The recruiting process was lengthy and stressful but overall it was a good experience talking to a lot of different coaches learning about their programs. 

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?

Carlson: My freshman year I just plan on trying to work myself into the rotation and getting some good innings my freshman year. 

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?

Carlson: My most memorable moment in baseball is definitely closing out the All American game. That was a thrill 

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?

Carlson: The best player I’ve competed against is Nolan McLean. I just can’t figure out how to get him out.