American Left-Handed pitcher Max MacNabb’s international adventures are well chronicled on our site as part of the February 2017 Feature International Star post (read about his travels here: http://isbaseball.com/february-2017-featured-international-star-max-macnabb).
Since then, Max’s journey has taken an unexpected and unique turn after he helped pitch the 3n2 International Stars to their fourth Prague Baseball Week Championship title in five years on July 1st. After throwing a complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts vs. the Czech National Team and earning the pitcher of the tournament award, he signed a free-agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization, and went from pitching and hitting in the Czech Extra-League for Skokani Olomouc to pitching in Baltimore’s organization for the remainder of the season.
The 24-year old from Encinitas, California was in the middle of his summer break with Olomouc at the Prague airport bound for Paris when the Orioles called and told him to head to Sarasota, Florida to begin his second attempt at affiliated professional baseball in the U.S. After not pitching in a game for over a month, Max picked up where he left off and in 2 outings for the Orioles Gulf Coast League (Rookie Level) team he dominated opposing batters in 5 innings, striking out 9, allowing just 1 hit and no walks, and earning himself a promotion to Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds. In his next two outings (both starts) for Delmarva, Max threw 9 innings, struck out 4 batters, allowing no walks and just 3 earned runs. Across two minor league levels for the Orioles in 2017 Max concluded the season with a won-loss record of 1-1 and pitched 18 innings with a strikeout to walk ratio of 13:2 and an E.R.A. of 3.50.
This is Max’s second time playing affiliated baseball in the U.S. having started his career with the San Diego Padres organization in 2014 after playing collegiality at the University of San Diego. After being released by the Padres, Max took his game overseas where his stops included the MacArthur Orioles in New South Wales, Australia and the Senart Templiers in the top French league. Max started the 2017 season pitching for the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League and playing for East Torrens in the South Australia state league competition before heading to Europe to play for Skokani Olomouc in the Czech Republic and then finally, concluding the season with Delmarva in the U.S.
We had a chance to catch-up with Max during the off-season at his home north of San Diego and asked him about his amazing journey in 2017 and what he has in store for 2018. Read the interview below….