Laude will come to Rapids this summer after completing his junior year at the University of Rhode Island where he plays first base and in the outfield. As a freshman in 2008, Laude impressed while playing in 28 games and starting 24. He finished his first collegiate year with 10 RBIs and a perfect fielding percentage. Laudes's sophomore year was shortened by injuries as he was only able to play in four games. This season for the Rams, Laude has rebounded to hit .286 with twelve doubles, two home runs, and 38 RBIs.