CAMBRIDGE, Mass.– Seven former Harvard baseball players are playing at the next level. All seven players are pitchers, with two of the players having made appearances in the MLB this season.
Suter has spent the entire season in the MLB with the Milwaukee Brewers. The starting pitcher has appeared in 20 games, including 18 starts and two relief efforts. He has posted an 8-7 record with a 4.44 ERA. In 101.1 innings pitched, the lefty has struck out 84 batters while walking only 19. With his strong pitching, Suter hit his first career homerun off two-time Cy Young award winning pitcher Corey Kluber. This season marks his third in the major leagues, where he's earned 13 wins with an ERA of 3.91 and 163 strikeouts during his career. Suter was drafted in the 31st round of the 2012 MLB draft by the Brewers and made his debut on August 19th, 2016.
Anderson has spent time with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and their Triple-A affiliate Indianapolis Indians. Anderson has pitched in two games this season with the Pirates and earned a win against Milwaukee. At the Triple A level, Anderson has pitched in 58.1 innings, registering a 2.78 ERA with 46 strikeouts. The right hander was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. This is his first year making it to the MLB level.
Gruener is currently in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system after being drafted by them in the 22nd round of the 2016 draft. The right hander is in the South Atlantic League in Single A with the Delmarva Shorebirds where he has pitched 20.1 innings with 19 strikeouts.
Herrmann is the oldest Harvard player in professional baseball, who currently pitches in Japan with Rakuten Golden Eagles. So far this season, Herrmann has pitched in 44.2 innings, holding onto a staggering 1.41 ERA with two wins. Prior to his decision to travel abroad, Herrmann pitched in the Phillies organization. During the 2016 season, the right hander pitched in 15 innings in the majors with 14 strikeouts, including one win. Herrmann also had three separate stints with the Cleveland Indians prior. In his MLB career, he has 135.1 innings pitched with 86 strikeouts and five wins.
Poppen is currently in the Minnesota Twins system, pitching with the Chattanooga Lookouts, its Double A team in the Southern League. The right hander has pitched in 83.2 innings this season with 71 strikeouts and five wins. Poppen was drafted in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Twins.
Rosenblum-Larson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 19th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. He was quickly promoted from the New York-Pennsylvania League after posting a 0.00 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 21 innings in Single A. He is now with the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the Midwest League. In his 13.2 innings, he has a 0.66 ERA with 23 strikeouts and two saves. In his junior season, he 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.
Zavolas was drafted in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He currently pitches with the Everett AquaSox in Single A. He's pitched in 32.2 innings with an ERA of 2.76 and 37 strikeouts. Zavolas completed his senior season having tossed a team-high 70.0 innings, registering a 2.96 ERA. He was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and was a unanimous vote to the First Team All-Ivy. Zavolas also threw the crimson's first no-hitter since 2001 and helped lead the team to its best season since 2005.