The Rutgers baseball community received good news when the team’s former closer Max Herrmann reached an agreement to join the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s system. The redshirt senior was a graduate student in the School of Management and Labor Relations. He was named Academic All-Big Ten.
On the field, the southpaw Herrmann led the team with a 3.31 ERA while notching six saves, also pacing the ballclub. The team captain’s 2017 highlight came against No. 17 Michigan with no earned runs allowed in three and a third innings out of the bullpen. Another key moment was when he came on in the 8th to preserve a one-run Big Ten victory over Purdue. That evened the series and the Knights parlayed the momentum into a rout the following day to take the set.
For his career, the Rutherford native who played high school baseball at Montclair-Kimberly ranks third all-time at RU with 15 saves and second in school history with 86 appearances. Max hopes to replicate the success of his older brother Frank, who has pitched for the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies in “the Show.” With a low 90s fastball from the left-side, Max definitely has a chance.
Other Knights in the Pros updates:
The versatile Patrick Kivlehan has served as the Cincinnati Reds primary pinch hitter this season, leading the Redlegs with six. The team may have cooled off after a torrid start but with a young core of position players, they have already exceeded expectations.
Todd Frazier is now in his second season with the Chicago White Sox. He may not be on pace for the 40 home runs he hit last season, but has blasted 16 to be among the American league leaders. The ChiSox have traded their ace so their top slugger Frazier may find himself in a different uniform come August.
A year removed from his interview with OTB, Howie Brey has already set a career high in innings out of the bullpen with the Buies Creek Astros. Good news: despite being in the Houston organization, the lefty from Middletown is only a few hours drive away in the Carolina League. Bad news: Unfortunately the Durham Bulls now reside in a higher classification.
Brian O’Grady is now with the Daytona Tortugas. He is on pace to match his career high of home runs (11). The former Archbishop Wood Viking is now in his fourth pro season.
Michael Lang continues to produce in the American Association for the Sioux City Explorers. He is not quite on pace to lead the league in runs like he did a season ago, but remains productive with a .274 average, 31 runs, and 23 RBI. He’s also gone over the century mark in stolen bases during his 4 year tenure with the club.
Best of luck the rest of the season!