things go poorly
Michigan baseball issued a release today on their 2014 recruiting class, which includes nine freshman and two junior college transfers. All except one of the juco transfers were reported here previously as commitments via Hello posts. Here's what the release has on Michael McNicholl (EDIT: his last name is misspelled in the press release—s/b two ls):
Michael McNichol - OF - Alta Loma, Calif./Barstow C.C.
Was named to the All-Foothill Conference first team his sophomore season at Barstow Community College in Barstow, Calif. ... Hit .340 for Barstow in 2014 with 29 RBI and 22 stolen bases ... Went to high school at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. ... Hit .424 and had a .486 on-base percentage as a senior at Los Osos.
In a reply, I'll post a chart with some more info on the nine freshmen, including some rankings data.
The Michigan coaching staff continues to successfully tap into the strong California baseball pipeline, picking up their third West Coast commit in the last couple of weeks. Joining the 2015 class today was Jonathan Engelmann, a 6-4, 195-lb. outfielder from Burlingame H.S. (near San Mateo). Like the previous two California commits, Troy Miller and Will Tribucher (as well another Michigan commit from the Chicago area, Charlie Donovan), Engelmann participated in the prestigious Area Code Games, held last week in Long Beach with about 240 invitees from around the country.
Perfect Game's profile page for Engelmann includes this scouting report on him from June:
Jonathan Engelmann is a 2015 OF/ with a 6-4 200 lb. frame from San Mateo, CA who attends Burlingame HS. Big strong well proportioned athletic build, lots of physical projection. 6.75 runner, outstanding base running instincts and aggression. High level defensive tools, covers ground with his speed, very strong and accurate on line throws, speed for centerfield, arm strength for right field. Right handed hitter, exaggerated inside approach, leaks his front side very early to get his hands through, tends to hit from under the ball, has hand speed and obvious strength but approach is holding him back, has the tools to improve with adjustments. High ceiling athlete if the bat comes around.
They gave him a grade of 9.5 (out of 10), meaning they see him as a potential top 10 round draft pick (possibly going in an early round) and/or as a highest- to elite-level college prospect. Under "colleges interested in" are Arizona State, UC–Santa Barbara, USC, and Washington—an impressive list.
Engelmann would seem to be an important addition to the 2015 class given the decommitment of Nick Plummer earlier this summer, who had been the only outfielder in the class.
Different lineup tonight:
|R Davis LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||.294||.331||.417|
|E Carrera CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||.357||.438||.500|
|I Kinsler 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||.288||.319||.429|
|M Cabrera 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308||.366||.509|
|V Martinez 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||.322||.386||.554|
|J Martinez RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||.303||.347||.562|
|A Avila C||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221||.324||.369|
|E Suarez SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242||.326||.382|
|R Ray P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
Big guys pushed down a spot, likely can anticipate some small ball with the Suarez, Pitcher, Ravis, Carrera turnaround.
Carrera with a 1-out double and Kinsler knocks him in with a single to get things going! The world is not over!
Tigers down 5-1 in the first inning.
In the bottom of the 15th, the Tigers intentionally walked both Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista to load the bases with two outs. They got out of it thanks to a ground ball induced by McCoy.
Now the Tigers are the beneficiaries of a IBB after 1 out singles from Kinsler and Cabrera.
Not to be left out of the commit frenzy, the Michigan baseball staff scored again on Thursday, landing another West Coast 2015 prospect: Will Tribucher, a 6-3, 190-lb. left-handed pitcher attending San Clemente H.S. He's the second player from California to commit to the Wolverines in as many weeks, following in the footsteps of Troy Miller (see Hello post), a right-handed pitcher out of Soquel H.S. in Soquel, California. Both Tribucher and Miller were invited to participate in the prestigious Area Code Games, being held this week in Long Beach with about 240 invitees from around the country. A third 2015 commit for U-M, Charlie Donovan, a shortstop from the Chicago area, was also selected to participate.
Unfortunately, there's little scouting info out there on Tribucher. Perhaps something will come up this week based on his play at the Area Code Games. I did find some vidoes, and I'll post one of them in a reply.