The Everett AquaSox, the High-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, has a really good team this year and has several top prospects on its roster. The AquaSox are 14-7 currently and an unlikely star named Jack Larsen has been leading the offense.
Jack Larsen is so unknown that I couldn’t even find a photo of him on Getty Images to use as our featured photo. I dropped an Instagram photo below for you to get an idea of what he looks like, but let’s dive into the interesting stuff!
Who is the Everett AquaSox star Jack Larsen?
Jack Larsen isn’t your typical prospect, or what you might define as a prospect. The California native attended the University of California, San Diego, and completed his undergraduate degree in communications with a business minor.
The former Triton had a fantastic collegiate career and ranked in the top 10 in various categories including home runs, RBI, doubles, and walks. He really turned things up a level during his senior year where he hit 15 home runs with a .362 batting average.
Jack Larsen was selected to the ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Second Team, D2CCA All-West Region Second Team, NCBWA All-West Region honorable mention, All-CCAA Second Team, NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team, CCAA Championship Co-Most Outstanding Player, and CCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.
In short, he was really good his senior year. Even with his fantastic college resume, Jack Larsen was not selected in the 2017 MLB draft. But after a little more than a week, the Seattle Mariners signed him to a minor league contract.
How has Jack Larsen performed before the 2021 Everett AquaSox season?
The 6’1″ outfielder has been alright in the Seattle Mariners farm system. He performed well in rookie ball right after signing with the Mariners, but since then, he hasn’t had a batting average above .300.
In 2019, he played at Clinton and Modesto. Larsen hit .266 with 12 home runs in Clinton but the jump to Modesto was tough on him. After being promoted, he hit .171 in 26 games.
The next year, he stayed with the Nuts for the entire season and performed better, but not outstanding by any means. He hit .237 and hit 12 home runs.
After a full year without baseball, Jack Larsen has come out firing on all cylinders
The now 26-year-old outfielder has arguable been the best offensive player on the Everett AquaSox. He is leading the team in batting average, slugging, and OPS, and is not far behind in home runs, RBI, doubles, and OBP.
As I said, the Everett Aqua Sox has a very good team filled with a lot of familiar names including Julio Rodriguez, Austin Shenton, Zach DeLoach, etc., but Jack Larsen has been the best out of all of them.
The Everett AquaSox outfielder is 26-years-old but he is still a ways from playing in the big leagues. It is a little hard to tell what his ceiling is especially as an older minor player in the lower levels of the minor leagues, but he could just be a late bloomer.
For now, I am intrigued by what he has been doing and promotion to Double-A might give us a better sense of where Jack Larsen is in terms of development.