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Prospects on Deck: RHP Simon Rosenblum Larson – Rays

During last seasons MLB Amateur draft, the Tampa Bay Rays added a talented right handed pitcher to their farm system out of Harvard University.

Simon Rosenblum-Larson, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, was taken in the 19th Round of the draft and in his first season in pro-ball, splitting time between the Hudson Valley Renegades (Class-A Short Season) and the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A Full Season), he had a 1.16 ERA, eight saves, 62 strikeouts in 38.2 innings, spanning 18 relief appearances.

Rosenblum-Larson opened up his pro career with 11 straight scoreless innings, and 42 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. In his second ever minor league game, he tossed 2.2 innings, allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters.

This season, Rosenblum-Larson was promoted to the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class-A Advanced) and in 18 relief appearances, he has a 1.85 ERA, with four saves, and 32 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. He had two different stretches of five straight games without giving up a run.

Over his last 10 relief appearances, dating back to May 3, the 6’3″ right hander has a 1.98 ERA, with a save, and has struck out 14 batters in 13.2 innings.

Since the day he started his pro-career, Rosenblum-Larson has been a success on the field and that has helped in his development in the game. But what most people do not know is that, he has done some amazing things off the field as well, as he is a part of More Than Baseball, an organization that is geared toward helping minor leaguers with their basic needs during the season as well as many other opportunities for work and training in the off-season. Rosenblum-Larson joined Jeremy Wolf, a former minor league ball player in the New York Mets farm system, to make a difference in the lives of so many men chasing their dreams.

Rosenblum-Larson understands the plight of his fellow ball players and to go above and beyond to help make their dreams of making the big leagues a bit easier, we can only hope there are more guys like him just waiting to sign up to help the cause and make a difference. There are many issues in minor league baseball that needs attention, and one player at a time, More than Baseball is bringing it all to light and Rosenblum-Larson, even while involved in his own journey, has found time to give back. I am sure all of the guys in the game appreciate that and so do we.

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