MLB Update: Harvard Baseball in the Pros

MLB Update: Harvard Baseball in the Pros

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ten (10) former Harvard baseball players are making their mark in the professional ranks, finding success across the country in both the major and minor leagues. Pitchers Frank Herrmann '06 and Brent Suter '12 earned the call to the show in August, giving Harvard multiple players at the top level for the first time since 1986.

Among the 10 Crimson seeing time at the next level, eight are pitchers and two are outfielders. Seven earned All-Ivy recognition, and Hermann and Shawn Haviland '08 were hailed as All-Americans during their tenures in Cambridge.

The full list of former Harvard baseball players in the professional ranks includes:

Tanner Anderson
Anderson played in the Pittsburgh system for a pair of single-A clubs in 2016, the West Virginia Power and the Bradenton Marauders. Anderson struck out 50 batters over 88 innings, sporting a 3-3 record with a 3.58 ERA and one save in 36 combined appearances for the two affiliates. Anderson was a second team All-Ivy selection for the Crimson in 2013, and a 20th-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Eric Eadington
Eadington spent 2016 at the double-A level in the independent league, pitching most of the season for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The southpaw tossed 47 innings, going 4-5 with a 3.06 ERA and nine saves. Eadington struck out 66 batters over the course of the season.

Nick Gruener
A second team All-Ivy selection in 2016, Gruener was selected in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles in June. The right-hander posted a 5-4 record with a 2.76 ERA and 49 strikeouts for Harvard last season, which ranked third in the Ivy League.

Shawn Haviland
Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, Haviland spent 2016 at the triple-A level for the New Britain Bees (Independent) and the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland). His third season in triple-A, Haviland posted a 5-6 record over 29 games with 20 starts, striking out 100 opponents between the two stops with a 3.36 ERA. Haviland was a first team All-America honoree in 2006.

Frank Herrmann
Called up to the major leagues in August, Herrmann made 14 appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies, going 1-2 over 15 innings pitched. The right-hander notched 14 strikeouts with an 8.40 ERA, and earned the call to the show after going 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 5-to-1 K/BB ratio. For the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Herrmann had previously pitched in the major leagues for the Cleveland Indians, where he made 95 appearances from 2010-12. For his career, Herrmann is 5-3 with one save over 135.1 innings in the MLB. Herrmann was an honorable mention All-American in 2005 while pitching for Harvard.

Mike Martin
A 33rd-round selection by the Oakland Athletics in the 2015 MLB Draft, Martin saw action in 34 games for the single-A Beloit Snappers in 2016. Martin hit .298 on the season with one home run and 20 RBI. A consistent threat to get on-base, Martin led the team with a .372 on-base percentage. Martin was a three-time All-Ivy selection, and was a first-team honoree in 2014.

Jake McGuiggan
McGuiggan spent 2016 with the New Britain Bees, where he hit .219 with four home runs and 31 RBI over 56 games. 17 of his 43 hits went for extra bases, helping him slug .357 on the season. McGuiggan was a two-time All-Ivy selection, in 2012 and 2015.

Danny Moskovits
Moskovits pitched for a pair of Independent League teams in 2016, the Sussex County Miners and the Laredo Lemurs. Pitching 22 games with 16 starts, Moskovits posted a 3-8 mark with a 6.24 ERA and 46 strikeouts over 96.2 innings.

Sean Poppen
Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 19th round of June's draft, Poppen pitched for the Elizabethton Twins in rookie ball before earning a promotion to the single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels. Proving tough to hit, Poppen went 3-4 with a 2.70 ERA in his first professional season, notching 57 strikeouts between the two stops. Poppen ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 47 punchouts a year ago.

Brent Suter
Suter earned a call-up to the major leagues in August, and the left-hander threw in 14 games, with two starts, for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016. Suter went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 15 strikeouts, and went 12-straight outings without allowing a run from August 23-Sept. 25. Prior to the promotion, Suter led the staff form the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, going 6-6 with a 3.50 ERA and 75 strikeouts. Suter was a first team All-Ivy honoree in 2010.