GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG junior RHP Max Povse (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) was selected by the Atlanta Braves Friday with the 102nd overall pick in the third round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
It is the second time Povse has been drafted in his career as he was selected in 2011 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 42nd round of the event.
Povse represents the second-highest draft pick in program history, eclipsed only by pitcher Chris Mason's second-round selection by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005. Povse is the second Spartan drafted by the Braves, joining Jarrett Miller who was taken by the organization in 2011. He is also the highest pick of any Southern Conference player this year. With Povse's selection, UNCG has had at least one player drafted in 14 consecutive years.
In 15 appearances this season, Povse compiled a 6-4 record and a 4.99 earned run average. He tossed two complete games - the first in a 4-1 victory over Minnesota in Myrtle Beach, S.C. March 9 - and the second in SoCon action at Wofford May 10. Povse also tallied 81 a team-best 81 strikeouts against just 27 walks, including a career-high 10 strikeouts against Elon in a 12-3 win April 26 at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. Prior to the season, Povse was named the Perfect Game preseason Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year.
As a sophomore, Povse made a team-high 14 appearances (all starts) on the bump as UNCG's Friday starter while compiling a 4-4 record and 4.75 earned run average over 77.2 innings while fanning a squad-best 81 batters. Opponents hit just .248 against him and he tallied at least three strikeouts in every game he pitched. Povse tossed the first complete-game shutout of his career at College of Charleston (April 5), allowing just five hits and striking out seven in a 12-0 Spartan victory. He averaged at least five innings pitched in all of his starts and held opposing batters to a .185 average with runners on base.
Povse picked up his first win of the campaign against Marist (March 9), giving up just one earned run on three hits in 5.1 innings while adding six strikeouts. He produced a quality start at Furman and was credited with the win after hurling six innings and allowing just three earned runs with five strikeouts. Povse threw at least 100 pitches in nine of his appearances and fanned a then career-high nine batters against No. 22 Georgia Southern (March 28) at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Povse began his Spartan career by earning a spot in the weekend rotation as a freshman. He threw 57.2 innings and racked up 47 strikeouts while pitching six complete innings in games against Penn State (Feb. 26) and Western Carolina (March 25) - earning wins in both contests.
UNCG Players Selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
Season: Player, Round, Team
2014: Max Povse (P, 3rd, Atlanta)
2013: Cambric Moye (C, 30th, Los Angeles), Dominique Vattuone (P, 32nd, Oakland)
2012: Tyler Hollstegge (P, 21st, Oakland)
2011: Jarrett Miller (P, 21st, Atlanta)
2010: Blake Hassebrock (P, 8th, Oakland)
2009: Rob Gilliam (P, 8th, Oakland)
2008: Ricky Orton (1B, 29th, Florida), Matt Gaski (SS, 34th, San Diego)
2007: Guy Welsh (3B, 18th, Seattle), Lee Land (P, 28th, Oakland), Ryan Falcon (P, 29th, Texas)
2006: Jermaine Mitchell (OF, 5th, Oakland), Patrick Currin (P, 22nd, Oakland)
2005: Chris Mason (P, 2nd, Tampa Bay)
2004: Jason Metger (P, 23rd, Colorado), Jarrett Santos (P, 34th, Florida)
2003: Ryan Gordon (P, 43rd, Toronto)
2002: Everett Hancock (P, 28th, Detroit)
2001: Taft Cable (P, 8th, Philadelphia)
1999: Corey McDonald (P, 21st, Detroit)
1998: Lance Surridge (P, 13th, Boston)
1997: Lance Surridge (P, 14th, Baltimore - did not sign)
1996: Tim Giles (1B, 7th, Toronto)
1994: Tonka Maynor (OF/1B, 27th, Pittsburgh), Joey DeAngelis (1B, 33rd, Colorado), Dan Schneider (C, 36th, San Francisco)
1993: Brian Moehler (P, 6th, Detroit), Tonka Maynor (OF/1B, 47th, Pittsburgh - did not sign)