McDOWELL, MAX

Position: Catcher

DOB: January 12, 1994

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 208

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (13th round, 2015)

Profile: The Brewers used their 13th round pick in the 2015 draft to select McDowell out of the University of Connecticut and signed him for a reported bonus of $100,000. He began his career in Maryvale that same season, then jumped to Single-A Wisconsin in 2016, skipping over the Pioneer League. He handled the jump well, proving to be a steadying influence behind the plate for the Rattlers while earning a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team. Behind the plate, McDowell is a good blocker, and though his arm may rate just a tick below average, he has a quick release and is an accurate thrower, which helps him keep opposing runners in check. Offensively, McDowell is a battler who has a short stroke and doesn’t generate a ton of power but puts good wood on the ball and shows surprising speed for a catcher.

2015: After signing with the Brewers out of UConn, McDowell was sent to Maryvale to join Milwaukee’s Arizona League affiliate. In 23 games there, he hit .228 with a pair of home runs and did not commit an error in 17 games behind the plate.

2016: The Brewers aw enough from McDowell that they chose to have him bypass Helena and head straight to Class-A Wisconsin to begin the 2016 season. He split the catching duties with the Timber Rattlers with fellow Midwest League All-Star Mitch Ghelfi and was exceptional behind the dish, posting a .991 fielding c=percentage and throwing out 44% of opposing base stealers. He also hit .270 and scored 48 runs while tying for the team lead in stolen bases with 21.