March 31, 2014
Former University of Minnesota pitcher Seth Rosin made his Major League Baseball debut on the league's Opening Day. The 25-year-old right-hander, pitching for the Texas Rangers, is the 34th former Gopher to play in the majors, and the 18th under head coach John Anderson.
Rosin pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Rangers in their game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He faced four batters, giving up one hit and striking out Ryan Howard.
At Minnesota, Rosin went 9-4 with a 4.72 ERA as a junior in 2010. He struck out 95 batters in 103 innings pitched on his way to All-Big Ten Second Team honors for the second year in a row. In conference play, Rosin finished second in strikeouts (49), tied for second in wins (5) and seventh innings pitched (52.2). He was also ninth in walks per nine innings in the nation heading into the NCAA Regionals.
Rosin, a Shoreview, Minn., native, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He was traded to the Phillies as part of a deal that sent Hunter Pence to San Francisco. The New York Mets would then acquire Rosin in the Rule 5 Draft and trade him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent spring training with the Dodgers, including the club's trip to Australia, before the Rangers claimed him off waivers last week.
Golden Gophers in Major League Baseball (debut year)
Ralph Capron (1912), Heinie Elder (1913), Harry Elliott (1953), Paul Giel (1954), Jerry Kindall (1956), George Thomas (1957), Fred Bruckbauer (1961), Bill Davis (1965), Frank Brosseau (1969), Bobby Fenwick (1972), Mike Sadek (1973), Dave Winfield (1973), Steve Comer (1978), Paul Molitor (1978), Jerry Ujdur (1980), Brian Denman (1982), Terry Steinbach (1986), Greg Olson (1989), Tim McIntosh (1990), Bryan Hickerson (1991), Denny Neagle (1991), J.T. Bruett (1992), Dan Wilson (1992), Brent Gates (1993), Brian Raabe (1995), Jeff Schmidt (1996), Kerry Ligtenberg (1997), Jim Brower (1999), Robb Quinlan (2003), Glen Perkins (2006) Jack Hannahan (2006), John Gaub (2011), Cole De Vries (2012), Seth Rosin (2014).
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