While West Virginia catcher/outfielder Paul McIntosh was not one of the four Mountaineers to hear their names called in the 2021 MLB Draft, that doesn’t mean he won’t get his shot at the MLB.
McIntosh was signed by the Miami Marlins as an undrafted free agent Friday afternoon, continuing his MLB journey.
McIntosh (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) is a versatile catcher/outfielder who transferred to WVU from Motlow State Community College after playing high school ball in Miami. He posted a superb sophomore season for WVU, hitting .277 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 191 at-bats. After a COVID-shortened 2020 season saw him only play 16 games, he hit .256 in 2021, with eight doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI in 156 at-bats in 2021. He also cut down on strikeouts, drawing 18 walks and just 23 strikeouts.
Playing catcher and in the outfield during his three years in Morgantown, McIntosh was drafted by the Los Angeles Angles in 2018 but decided to honor his commitment to WVU. His athleticism and power are his calling cards as an incredibly athletic catcher with plus power. However, he could also wind up playing in the outfield.
McIntosh is also playing for the West Virginia Black Bears in the newly instated MLB Draft League, hitting .328 with five doubles, a homer and 15 RBI in 58 at-bats.
As a versatile catcher/outfielder, McIntosh’s power and athleticism give him options in the MLB, and the Marlins are the team to give him a chance to work for an MLB roster spot down the line.
— Mike Rosenbaum (@GoldenSombrero) July 16, 2021