Who? Omar Poveda. Never heard of him? Most haven’t. He’s a very under the radar pitcher in the Rangers farm system. Get use to reading his name. He’s going to be a good one. Let’s do a quick look:
Name: Omar Poveda
Drafted: Not drafted
Size: 6’4” 215
2009 Stats: 4 Wins, 1 Loss, 2.81 era, 17 strikeouts, 32 innings
Omar Poveda looks like a really good pitching prospect. He has great size. He has great stats. He is very young (you don’t have to be 17 to be a good prospect). And he is already pitching in Double A Frisco.
How close is Poveda to the majors? Close. Frisco is only 45 minutes away from Arlington and Poveda will probably get to pitch for the Rangers this season. He reminds me a little of Blake Beavan. Both have great size and strength and both are really young. Both are right handed pitchers and both have great pitches. What’s not to love?
Prediction: Poveda makes it up to Arlington this season and becomes a really good starting pitcher. His age, size, and ability can’t be denied. Remember the name: Poveda. Poveda, Poveda, Poveda, Poveda.