Mike Larson

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  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 225 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Larson has played in Germany's Bundesliga for a number of years.

Larson, a native Canadian, played his college baseball in Pennsylvania. In 2007, he hit .337/.380/.576 with 25 RBI in 27 games for the Mainz Athletics; he also pitched, going 1-3 with a 4.00 ERA. The outfielder was third in the southern Bundesliga-1 in home runs, tied for 5th in RBI (with Ludwig Glaser) and 9th in slugging. The next year, he batted .323/.417/.535. He tied Chris Falls and Alex Lauterbach for fifth in the league with four home runs and was 9th in slugging (between Adalberto Paulino and Max Boldt). In the 2008 European Cup, he was 3 for 17 with a double and two walks.

In 2009, Mike produced at a .391/.443/.690 clip with 5 home runs and 19 RBI in 24 games. He was among the leaders in average (3rd, behind Simon Gühring and Marvin Appiah), home runs (tied for first with Ryan Lilly and Appiah), RBI (tied for 8th with Klaus Hopfensperger), hits (tied for third behind Appiah and Gühring), doubles (9, tied for first with Jens Heymer and Gühring), slugging (2nd, 18 points behind Gühring) and OPS (2nd to Gühring).

Larson batted .311/.417/.519 with the 2010 Athletics, drawing 20 walks and driving in 25 in 28 contests. He tied for fifth in home runs (4), tied Cedric Bassel for 8th in doubles (8), tied Glaser for 4th in walks and led outfielders in fielding (54 chances, no errors). In '11, the veteran hit .337/.464/.528 with 21 RBI and 20 walks in 24 games. He tied for third in homers (4, one shy of the co-leaders), tied Gühring for 7th in runs (24), tied Sascha Lutz for second in walks, was 10th in slugging and 9th in OBP.

During 2012, Larson was 3rd in RBI (32), second in slugging (.810) and 5th in average (.404). He then joined the German national team, qualifying as a resident foreign player, for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. Backing up Aaron Altherr, Eric Suttle and Max Kepler-Rozycki, he had two at-bats, both late in routs of the Czech Republic. The first time, he batted for Matt Weaver against Jan Novak and singled in Glaser. The other time, he batted for Boldt versus Estevenson Encarnacion and singled home both Suttle and Matt Vance, then scored on a Weaver homer.