Trevor Rosenthal is a pitcher with the Kansas City Royals. He was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, and made his MLB debut in July 2012. The next season, he pitched in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
A few years later, Rosenthal cemented himself as the Cardinals’ closer with 45 saves in 2014, and a club-record 48 saves in 2015. He was rewarded by being named an All-Star in 2015, when he also helped St. Louis to a division title. He is the third-youngest pitcher in MLB history to record back-to-back 40-save seasons.
After a few down years, Rosenthal was released by the Cardinals following the 2017 season. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018, and returned to the major leagues in 2019 with stints on three different teams. In December 2019, Rosenthal signed a minor-league deal to pitch with the Royals and reunite with his former manager from St. Louis, Mike Matheny.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Rosenthal about overcoming adversity, his very difficult 2019 season, the new opportunity with the Royals, how he came to faith in the minor leagues, and how his teammates with the Cardinals helped encourage him to live out his faith.
* Interview recorded prior to coronavirus outbreak.