Former Crimson Baseball Players Making Impact in Professionals

Graphic showing four former Harvard baseball players playing in the professionals.
Photos courtesy of Steve Spatafore, Dustin Smith/Eugene Emeralds, Evan Moesta and Joe Territo/Rochester Red Wings, respectively.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Since leaving Cambridge, a number of Harvard baseball alumni are having successful professional baseball careers competing at various levels.

Tanner Anderson | Pitcher

Tanner Anderson has started five Major League Baseball games in the 2019 season, all with the Oakland Athletics.  Across 22.1 innings, he has picked up 18 strikeouts while only walking seven. He has accumulated an 0-3 record with a 6.05 earned run average. He is currently playing with the Las Vegas Aviators, the Athletics' Triple-A affiliate, with a 6-5 record in 14 appearances.

Brent Suter | Pitcher

Brent Suter, a 2012 graduate of Harvard, is a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. He is currently on the 60-day injured list while recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 2018, the Cincinnati, Ohio native went 8-7, pitching in 20 games for the NL Central Champions.

Noah Zavolas | Pitcher

A Beverly, Mass. native, Noah Zavolas has been a workhorse for the Carolina Mudcats in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The former Ivy League Pitcher of the Year has started 20 games for the Mudcats, accumulating a 3.07 earned run average, which ranks second in the Carolina League. He has thrown 123.0 innings (the most in the Carolina League) with 90 strikeouts and accrued a 5-5 record. In June, he was selected to the Advanced-A All-Star Classic. While at Harvard, Zavolas was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy team and in 2018 threw the Crimson's first no-hitter since 2001.

Patrick McColl | First Baseman

The Crimson's highest draft pick since 2002, Patrick McColl is a first baseman in the Oakland Athletics organization. The 2019 10th round draft pick is on the roster for the AZL Athletics Gold, the team's rookie-league affiliate in the Arizona League.

Sean Poppen | Pitcher

Sean Poppen was called up to the Major Leagues by the Minnesota Twins for the first time in his career on June 19. In his first appearance with the Twins, he threw four relief innings and allowed three runs. In Triple A, the former Crimson student-athlete accumulated a 5-0 record with a meager 2.67 earned run average across ten appearances with the Rochester Red Wings. He has started eight games for the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliate, racking up 62 strikeouts and just 25 walks.

Simon Rosenblum-Larson | Pitcher

Simon Rosenblum-Larson plays for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. In 27 appearances, the Madison, Wis. native has compiled a 1-2 record in 41.1 innings pitched. In January 2019, he was ranked by as the #38 prospect in the Rays organization.

Hunter Bigge | Pitcher

A member of the Chicago Cubs farm system, Hunter Bigge currently plays for the Eugene Emeralds. A 12th round draft pick in 2019, Bigge has thrown nine innings across five games for the Emeralds, allowing just four hits and two earned runs.

Frank Hermann | Pitcher

After earning his economics degree from Harvard in 2005, Frank Hermann has played professional baseball for the last 15 seasons. After spending parts of four seasons in Major League Baseball with the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies, the Rutherford, N.J. native now pitches in Japan with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. He has appeared in 31 games, collecting a 4-2 record and a 3.68 ERA.

Nick Gruener | Pitcher

Nick Gruener was a pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles farm system, playing for the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2019. The right-hander threw 23.1 innings across 11 appearances before retiring.


*Statistics current as of July 26, 2019