Coastal Plain League: Savannah Bananas


Aaron Fitt
D1 Baseball

SAVANNAH, Ga. — My tour of the Coastal Plain League swung southward last week, as I bounced back and forth between Macon and Savannah bearing down on the three teams in the CPL’s Southern Division. Today, I’ll shake out my notebook and share my observations on the prospects I saw from the Savannah Bananas in two games at Historic Grayson Stadium. Savannah’s roster is highlighted by a number of quality arms, and that’s where we’ll begin.

• Cade Povich made four starts for Nebraska this spring after transferring from South Mountain (Ariz.) CC as a sophomore, and he looked good in a start against Macon on Saturday, striking out five over three innings of work. An athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pound lefthander with a loose, whippy arm action and a high three-quarters slot, Povich spotted up well to both sides of the plate with his 88-91 mph fastball, which was the putaway pitch on three of his strikeouts. He also got a strikeout using his short, late slider/cutter, which ranged from 81-85 mph, showing more lateral depth when he threw it with less velocity. The pitch had good spin, up to 2534 rpm and comfortably in the 2300-2400 range, and he demonstrated plenty of feel for it. He also had feel for his 80-83 mph changeup, an average pitch with good arm speed that he used to record another strikeout. And Povich rounded out his arsenal with a big-breaking 1-to-7 curveball at 74-76 — not a hammer, but a solid offering that he could throw for a strike when necessary. Povich’s arm works easy and he has good pitchability and quality stuff from the left side, making him an obvious prospect to watch for 2021...

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