Seattle Mariners: Max Povse
There are seriously slim pickings at the upper levels of the Seattle Mariners farm system, and it has been that way for quite some time. Jerry Dipoto and the front office have been all in on getting the team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2001, and have not been able to focus much energy on cleaning up the wasteland left behind in the minor leagues by the previous regime. Even without much help from the farm system, the Mariners appear to finally be tracking towards a return to the postseason and are 23-12 since April 23.
The Mariners have gotten enough out of James Paxton and Marco Gonzales to cover for the continued decline of Felix Hernandez and the mediocrity of Mike Leake. There are very few recognizable names in the bullpen, but Seattle’s relievers are 10th in all of baseball with a 3.66 ERA.
Seattle has very few holes, which helps to explain the run they have been on since the end of April. The offense hasn’t missed much of a beat since Robinson Cano received his suspension and the pitching staff is healthy. The Mariners are definitely for real.
There aren’t many options in the minor leagues that can come up and have an immediate impact for a playoff contender, but big right-hander Max Povse is intriguing. The 6-foot-8 pitcher struggles with his command but has struck out 70 in only 54.1 innings in the minors this year. If Povse can find any semblance of command, he could be a multi-inning weapon out of the bullpen down the stretch.