here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
In for a unofficial visit today on Michigan baseball's first day of practice for the 2014 season, Dominic Clementi has given a verbal commitment to the Maize and Blue, becoming the second player to pledge to the 2016 class. He's a 6-1, 170-lb. outfielder out of Arrowhead H.S. in Hartland, Wisconsin (in the western suburbs of Milwaukee). He reportedly had also considered Illinois and Iowa.
Prep Baseball Report, which has Clementi ranked #6 in the state of Wisconsin for the 2016 class and #49 overall in their 10-state coverage area, posted this scouting report following the Class of 2016 Top Prospect Games in July 2013:
Athletic build, lanky frame, 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, projectable frame. Offensively hits from a slightly open stance, short stride. Active lower half, solid balance. Advanced bat speed, creates bat lag, whip through the zone. Short path, slightly uphill, occasional gap to gap approach. High level defender in the outfield, plays through the ball aggressively, clean exchange. Plus arm from the outfield, loose arm action, over the top slot, carries well, 88 mph from the outfield. Clementi is one of the top outfield defenders in his class, showed excellent range. High level bat speed, showed the ability to hit at a consistent rate.
Clementi joins Michigan's first 2016 commit, right-handed pitcher Karl Kauffmann (Hello post), who's ranked #1 in Michigan and #6 overall by PBR.
I'm not sure when Michigan last had a player from Wisconsin on its roster (there are none currently), but seeing the coaching staff successfully delve into that territory is interesting given that the University of Wisconsin no longer fields a D-I baseball team (they do have a club team).
Dominic Clementi (source)
Baseball America has been releasing their top 10 prospects for each organization and today was all about the Tigers. If this is too far off the beaten path then so be it, but for stitch-heads pitchers and catchers report in just over a month so I thought maybe this could get some traction.
- Nick Castellanos
- Devon Travis
- Bruce Rondon
- Robbie Ray
- Jake Thompson
- Jonathon Crawford
- Corey Knebel
- Eugenio Suarez
- Domingo Leyba (? Who?)
Link for those inclinded to read some of Ben Badler's thoughts.
Home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, in Grand Rapids. Fire apparently started on the executive suite level. The first baseline section of the suite level has collapsed down on to lower stadium seating.
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I have been really hoping that the Tigers would use the savings on the Fielder deal to sign a big bat, with my preference being Choo. Today he signed with the Rangers for 7 years and $130M:
I would much rather have the Tigers not signed Nathan and Davis in order to sign Choo (even if they had to go to 7/140), even if they end up re-signing Scherzer.
I can't think of too many extensions for pitchers that worked out. Even Tim Lincecum ended up justifying the Giants decisions to go year to year with him, despire possibly the best ever pre-arb career for a pitcher.
What do y'all think?
i will be honest, i did not know who Don Lund was until today when I read a Det News article about his passing.
Don earned 3 letters each in football, basketball and baseball during his time at Michigan in the 1940s. He was drafted in 1945 in the first round of the nfl draft by Chicago as a running back but decided to play baseball, which he played 7 seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers, St Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers. After that, he coached Michigan baseball from 1959-62, winning a Big Ten championship in '62. He then went on to be the head of the Tigers' farm system until 1970, when he returned to the University of Michigan to work in the athletic department until 1992. He passed of natural causes at the age of 90.
Michigan is lucky to have had figures like this making up its rich history. We should take a second to send off a final thanks of HAIL to Don Lund, Wolverine.
for more Don Lund:
Davis, 33, hasn't played in an everyday role for the Blue Jays over the last three seasons, but has seen enough action to rack up nearly 1,200 plate appearances, recording a .252/.299/.369 slash line. The speedster has also added 125 stolen bases over that period. That batting line may not be particularly impressive, but his .297/.363/.455 line against left-handed pitchers dating back to 2011 certainly is.
Not a blockbuster signing, but I like it. He's got good speed, can hit for average, and looks to be about an average-to-below average fielder. I think this could turn out to be a good signing.