Sean Poppen, 23, was a 19th round pick in the 2016 amateur draft. He pitched four years at Harvard.
Poppen began the 2017 season at Cedar Rapids, where he pitched the Cedar Rapids Kernels home opener. He pitched seven innings and left with a 6-3 lead, but Beloit rallied to win, 7-6.
Poppen's pitching line:
- 7 IP, six hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts.
- 87 pitches, 60 strikes
- 12 ground ball outs to 2 fly ball outs
Poppen also hit a batter in the early innings. Interestingly, Kernel's second baseman Brandon Lopez was beaned twice in the early innings, too. It's probably nothing?
The blog Knuckleballs has a good write-up of the home opener and great photos here. There is another very good article about Poppen here, from last June after the draft, by a Norfolk Tides beat writer named David Hall. The chorus I hear repeated in Hall's article is "...if the baseball thing doesn't work out..." and it's true; Poppen has a lot going for him should he not make it to the majors.
But his performance in the first game indicates he will be sticking around for a bit.
Edited by Hosken Bombo Disco, 10 April 2017 - 09:29 PM.