Harvard has two players in Major League Baseball for the first time since 1986 (Harvard Athletics).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Receiving the call to the show just a day apart, Brent Suter '12 and Frank Herrmann '06 were called up to the major leagues by the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. The call-ups mark the first time Harvard has two former players in the MLB since 1986, when Jeff Musselman '85 and Mike Stenhouse '80 overlapped.
Suter will make his first-career major league start on Friday, August 19 for the Brewers, becoming the 31st Harvard alumnus to appear in the majors. Prior to his promotion, Suter appeared in 26 games on the mound with 15 starts for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, going 6-6 with a 3.50 ERA and 75 strikeouts over 110.2 innings. The left-hander also has two saves. With a notable Harvard connection, he was called up to the majors by the Brewers' general manager David Stearns '07 and drafted by Steffan Wilson '08.
Herrmann joins the Phillies bullpen after a dominant 27 games in triple-A for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, where he went 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 31.1 innings. Herrmann was previously the last Harvard player to reach the major leagues, pitching for the Cleveland Indians from 2010-12. The right-hander made his Phillies debut on Wednesday, throwing a scoreless sixth frame with two punchouts.
Additionally, Sean Poppen '16 started his ascent through the minor leagues, earning a call up to single-A with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Poppen was a 19th round draft pick by the Twins in June.
A host of former Crimson players spatter the Minor Leagues. Shawn Haviland '08 pitches for the Columbus Clippers in triple-A, where he has made three starts. Haviland was a 33rd-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2008. Tanner Anderson '15, a 20th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, has appeared in 32 games in single-A in 2016 for a pair of clubs. Mike Martin '15, a 33rd round pick in 2015 for the Oakland Athletics, has seen action in 34 games for the single-A Beloit Snappers.
Eric Eadington '11, Jake McGuiggan '15 and Danny Moskovits '13 are playing in the independent leagues.