NEW YORK – After leading the Crimson to its best season in more than a decade, Harvard baseball's pitching duo of Noah Zavolas and Simon Rosenblum-Larson was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Zavolas was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round, pick 538 overall. Minutes later, teammate Rosenblum-Larson was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 19th round, making him the 570th overall pick.
Harvard now tallies 56 draft picks in program history, with the last selections coming in 2016 when Sean Poppen and Nick Gruener were taken to the next level.
Noah Zavolas quickly became one of the biggest threats in New England, as evidenced by his complete game, no-hitter against Yale in mid-April. The right-handed hurler garnered numerous awards for the performance, including a number of national player of the week awards, and was the first Harvard pitcher to throw a no-hitter since 2001. Zavolas completed his senior season having tossed a team-high 70.0 innings, registering a 2.96 ERA. The Acton, Mass. native was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and was a unanimous vote to the First Team All-Ivy.
Simon Rosenblum-Larson led the Crimson with an 11.71 strikeouts per nine-innings average and a 2.86 ERA through 63 innings pitched. The junior posted a 4-2 record this season and totaled a team high 82 strikeouts, marks that earned him a spot on the Second Team All-Ivy and the NEIBA New England Third Team. In his final outing of the season against Dartmouth, Rosenblum-Larson tossed eight batters in the first three innings of the game, nearly re-setting his career high of 11.