Max Povse

Position: RHP
Born: 08/23/93
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 220
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Via trade from the Braves on November 28, 2016, with RHP Rob Whalen for OF Alex Jackson and a PTBNL (SEA). Originally drafted in the third round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ATL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
3-2 with a 3.49 ERA in nine games, eight of them starts, at Arkansas (Double-A) with 32 strikeouts and 14 walks while giving up 34 hits in 39 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Arkansas on June 18 when RHP Rob Whalen was sent down to Tacoma (Triple-A).
MLB Debut Date: 06/22/17

Debut Details
June 22, in a 9-6 win over the Tigers. The second of four pitchers, he allowed three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning, striking out one without walking a batter. Of 31 pitches, 21 were for strikes. Coming on in relief of fellow debutante and right-handed starter Andrew Moore to start the eighth inning, he quickly got Jose Iglesias to pop out to foul territory behind first base and then struck out Ian Kinsler looking. Alex Avila then doubled to center and scored on Miguel Cabrera's home run to center. J.D. Martinez then doubled to left field and scored on Justin Upton's RBI single to right, at which point right-handed reliever Tony Zych came on in relief and ended the inning without allowing Upton to score.

Player Notes
Povse, a new arrival to the Mariners' system this offseason, replaced his fellow tradee, right-handed reliever Rob Whalen, on the big league roster with his arrival on Father's Day. The lanky 6-foot-8 pitcher (he's listed on at 185 pounds but Baseball America shows him as having beefed up a just a bit to 220 pounds, which sounds more realistic) fought through some mechanical inconsistencies early in his career that tend to come with the "really-tall pitcher" territory, but he's hit his stride with improved control. He brings a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, a 12-to-6 curveball, and a changeup in his arsenal with solid command and a deceptive delivery. In 2016, between Carolina (High A) and Mississippi (Double-A) he combined to go 9-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 139 while walking just 29 in 158 innings, allowing 130 hits, after going 5-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 17 starts between Rome (Class A) and Carolina the previous summer, striking out 60 and walking 23 in 78 innings. 2080 Baseball lists him as the system's No. 5 prospect.