“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Michigan baseball added to its 2015 class today, with the commitment of Jack Bredeson, a 6-6, 235-pound right-handed pitcher out of Arrowhead H.S. in Hartland, Wisconsin. Prep Baseball Report has him ranked #19 in Wisconsin and #222 overall. Here's their scouting report on him from earlier this year:
6-foot-6, 235-pound, strong framed pitcher with a four pitch mix. Has a tall and fall delivery with choppy rhythm, clean lines, and above average effort. Arm works short and quick from over the top. Fastball worked downhill for strikes. Was 83-86 mph with arm side run and heavy finish. Throws a slider with strong shape and bite, 71 mph. Had feel for the changeup, throwing it with fastball arm speed, 75-77 mph with slight sinking action. Curveball was 68-69 mph with 11/5 shape.
He's also the older brother of Ben Bredeson, a Michigan football offensive tackle target in the class of 2016.
Jack Bredeson is also the high school teammate of Dominic Clementi, a left-handed pitcher who committed to Michigan for the 2016 class in January (see Hello post).
EDIT: Perfect Game has Bredeson with a grade of 9, which translates to "potential top 10 round draft pick and/or highest-level college prospect." In their scouting report from February of this year, they call him a "raw arm strength prospect with the potential to improve."
Here's Michigan's 2015 class as it currently stands:
- Nick Azar – 6-3 SS, #37 in MI, unranked overall (Hello post)
- Jack Bredeson – 6-6 RHP, #19 in WI, #222 overall
- Andrew David – 5-10 SS, unranked (Hello post*)
- Charlie Donovan – 5-11 SS, #1 in IL, #6 overall (Hello post)
- Ben Keizer – 6-2 LHP, #9 in MI, #98 overall (Hello post)
- Ako Thomas – 5-7 2B/MIF, #19 in IL, #86 overall (Hello post)
*Hello post is Ace's from the front page. David will be on a football scholarship, but he evidently also plans to play baseball at Michigan.
Adding to an already impressive group of commitments in the 2016 class, Erik Bakich and his staff received more good news today in the form of a pledge from Tommy Henry, a 6-3, 160-lb. left-handed pitcher out of Portage Northern H.S. in Portage, Michigan (located near Kalamazoo). Only about two weeks ago, Prep Baseball Report posted an update on his recruitment, mentioning that in his sophomore season of high school he posted a 7-1 record with a 0.85 ERA in 53 innings pitched, with 72 strikeouts and 18 walks. Here's their scouting report on him:
Already ranked 5th in the 2016 rankings Tommy has a very projectable frame at 6’3 160 pound prospect with plenty of room to fill out and add velocity. Arm works easily and very clean to go along with smooth mechanics. Currently throws 81-83 mph but throws with late life down in the zone. Very projectable player who will only get better as time goes on.
As noted, PBR has Henry ranked #5 in the state of Michigan. He's #40 in their overall rankings, which currently cover ten states. Regarding his recruitment, the PBR article noted that he had visited "Michigan, Western Michigan, Miami (OH), Cincinnati, and Duke University and has been in contact with Michigan State, Wichita State, Indiana State, and Stanford."
Also of note is that Henry is a teammate at Portage Northern of Ben Keizer, another southpaw pitcher who committed to Michigan in February for the 2015 class.
Here's a summary of the 2016 class to date, with PBR rankings indicated. Note that Michigan now has commitments from three of the top six in-state prospects and four of PBR's overall top 50.
- Christian Bullock 6-0 1B/LHP/OF, #44 in IL, #141 overall (Hello post)
- Dominic Clementi 6-2 LHP, #6 in WI, #30 overall (Hello post)
- Tommy Henry 6-3 LHP, #5 in MI, #40 overall
- Karl Kauffmann 6-1 RHP, #1 in MI, #13 overall (Hello post)
- Jack Weisenburger 6-2 RHP, #6 in MI, #41 overall (Hello post)
There's a long way to go, but at this point this is likely the top 2016 class in the Big Ten.
Commenting on Jeter may qualify as only a little OT, but how about opening the ASG with a double? What an incredible talent.
And the d-bag yelling "over-rated" in a quiet stadium should have multiple beers poured on his head. So much for Minnesota nice.
Tigers looking for the sweep of KC today. Justin Verlander vs. Bruce Chen. Score is 0-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.