In our 8th installment of the series, today we have Max Povse’s (Staunton 2013) accolades as a prospect! Max was drafted in the 3rd round in 2014, and has worked his way up to High-A Carolina in 2016. In his first start for the Mudcats, Max threw 6 shutout innings and allowed only 1 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 7. Hopefully there will be more of that!
Fangraphs named Max Atlanta’s #9 prospect (pretty high considering this system!):
A tall, lanky righty with good body control for his size, Povse put up impressive numbers in A-level Rome before getting promoted to the Carolina Mudcats this year. He features a fastball that sits in the low-90s and a developing curveball and changeup. His secondary pitches flash above-average, though presently they are not as useful as his hard-running fastball. He made his last start in July due to a non-serious injury issue.
While Povse has limited walks very well so far in his minor league career, bouts of wildness crop up occasionally, although less than you might expect from his tall frame. He has a solid delivery with good arm action, using his whole body very well. He can sling the ball a bit out to the side when he sinks into his back leg too far, but overall his delivery is pretty consistent and conducive to command gains.
Without a clear go-to pitch for a secondary offering, Povse may go down the relief route eventually. That said, I like his athleticism on the mound enough to think he parlays his control into three average or better pitches, and stays on the starter track.
And MLB.com listed Max at #26 in Atlanta:
Povse spent three years in the UNC-Greensboro rotation, but they were uneven seasons, at best. The Braves, though, liked his size and his potential enough to take him in the third round of the 2014 Draft. He rewarded their faith with a strong full-season debut in the South Atlantic League, earning a promotion up a level, where he struggled in three starts before being shut down in late July.
After an offseason of rehabbing, Povse is expected to be fine moving forward. When healthy, he uses his 6-foot-8 frame well to throw downhill, and while his four-seam fastball doesn’t feature a ton of sink or life, that plane can help him get groundball outs. It will sit in the 92-93 mph range and can touch 95-96 on occasion. His changeup is his best secondary pitch and he also throws a true curveball, a breaking pitch that might improve if he can tighten it and add a little velocity to it.
More athletic than you’d think given his gangly frame, Povse fields his position well and repeats his delivery better than you might expect, giving him the chance to be a back-end rotation guy in the future.