July 23, 2012
Trevor Rosenthal, who was a member of the Cowley College baseball team which qualified for the JUCO World Series in 2009, was recently called up to the major leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals.
After going 8-6 with a 2.78 earned run average in 17 starts for Double A Springfield, Rosenthal had his contract purchased by the Cardinals. He made his big league debut on July 18 when he tossed a scoreless inning of relief against the Milwaukee Brewers. Three days later, he tossed another scoreless inning of relief in a 12-0 win over the Chicago Cubs and had his fastball register at 97 miles per hour on the radar gun.
Rosenthal joins Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians as current Cowley Tigers in the major leagues and becomes the sixth Tiger baseball player to make the big leagues during head coach Dave Burrough’s 26 seasons as head coach.
“We are elated for Rosey (Rosenthal),”Burroughs said. “To be on the fast track to the big leagues and do what he has done is pretty phenomenal, he deserves all the credit. The guys here (at Cowley) now and before him are excited for him.”
During his one season at Cowley Rosenthal led the Tigers with eight saves. He posted an earned run average of 2.40 and a record of 1-0 in 29 innings pitched. He struck out 41 batters, while walking 14.
“It was easy to tell he had a future in baseball when he was here,” Burroughs said. “His stuff was electric.”
Rosenthal, who was drafted in the 21st round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the Cardinals, helped Cowley capture the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title and Region VI title during his one season at the school. The Tigers finished the 2009 season with a record of 48-15 and were ranked seventh in the final NJCAA baseball poll compiled by Allan Simpson/PG Cross Checker.
He originally came to Cowley as a two-way player that could see playing time at either pitcher or shortstop. However, Burroughs felt Rosenthal’s future in baseball would be as a pitcher thanks to his throwing his fastball between 92 to 94 miles per hour, while at Cowley.
With his former pitcher not far away in St. Louis, Burroughs is looking forward to watching Rosenthal pitch for the Cardinals.
“He’s a good, young kid and we are happy he got this chance,” Burroughs said.