June 10, 2010

Larsson-Danforth Drafted By Red Sox

Two-Time Yale MVP Could End Up at Fenway

 

BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Trygg Larsson-Danforth (Mattapoisett, Mass.) was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 49th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.

 

The first baseman led the 2010 Bulldogs (21-22-1) with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. His .373 batting average was second best on the team and fifth among Ivy League hitters.

 

Larsson-Danforth, a 2010 first-team academic all-district pick, is a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection who was Yale team MVP in 2009 and 2010 (shared this spring with second baseman Gant Elmore).

 

After hitting .204 as a sophomore, Larsson-Danforth worked hard on his swing with Yale assistant coach Tucker Frawley. Head coach John Stuper attributes the effort of his assistant coach and the work ethic of his star player as major reasons for the dramatic progress.

 

“I am just thrilled Trygg is getting the opportunity to play beyond college. He has worked hard and I am really proud of him. He is what I call a “high character” guy and I believe he will make a good pro,” said Stuper, who pitched in 111 Major League games between stints in St. Louis and Cincinnati.

 

Larsson-Danforth follows former teammate Ryan Lavarnway '09, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the Red Sox, into that system. Lavarnway is currently playing for the Winston-Salem (A) Dash.

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