MINNEAPOLIS – Former Harvard baseball pitcher, Sean Poppen, was called up to the major leagues for the first time in his career last night, June 19, by the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander pitched four innings of relief against the Boston Red Sox, allowing just three runs and throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth.
Poppen was selected in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. At the time of his draft, Poppen was the highest-drafted Harvard player since Ben Crockett '02 was selected in the third round. In the subsequent two years, Noah Zavolas, Patrick McColl and Hunter Bigge reset the bar being selected in the 18th, 10th and 12th rounds respectively.
Hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, Poppen tallied a 3-4 record in 2016, striking out 47 over 55.2 innings while allowing just 47 hits. Posting a 3.07 ERA over the course of the season, Poppen ranked fourth in the conference in punch-outs, including a career-best 10 against Brown April 24.
Poppen becomes the 33rd player in program history to make his debut in the major leagues. Prior to his MLB debut, Poppen has made appearances with both the Rochester Red Wings and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, pitching a total of 57.2 innings with 73 strikeouts, a 2.97 ERA and a 6-3 record.