Mike Lantry, 1972
In a pretty good game, Nebraska beat (upset?) Minnesota 82-78. Nebraska remains unbeaten at home except for its loss to Michigan. In the only other Big Ten game today, Indiana beat Illinois 56-46 in a not-so-pretty game. Arizona also leads Utah 31-26 at the half.
The commits-occurring-in-pairs tradition migrates to the diamond as Erik Bakich & Co. pick up another verbal pledge today, two days after that of Dominic Clementi. Committing today was Jack Weisenburger, who I mentioned in Clementi's Hello thread as a Michigan target. Weisenburger is a 6-2, 190-pound right-handed pitcher/outfielder out of Rockford H.S. in Rockford, Michigan. The Wolverines third commitment for 2016, Weisenburger is ranked #6 in Michigan and #40 overall by Prep Baseball Report.
PBR ran this eval on him in the fall of 2013:
Weisenberger proved why he is one of the most talented players in the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound RHP/OF has more room to grow and is by no means filled out. Ran 7.29 and was 88mph from the outfield. Ball has good carry and life. Advanced plus arm for his age. At the plate has simple no load approach but lighting quick hands. Had consistent contact. Had a impressive 92mph exit velocity. On the mound he has big potential as well. 84-86mph. Fastballs were consistently down at the knees. Slider was 70-72mph and short in nature. Well above average feel for the change at his age. Smooth arm action and quick arm. Will be one of the most highly sought after recruits in Michigan.
To repeat what I said in the Clementi thread, I've been told Weiserburger has a family tie to Michigan, although I haven't been able to confirm exactly what. The obvious guess is that he's related to—perhaps a grandson of—LongLiveBo confirms that Weisenburger is indeed a grandson of the legendary Jack Weisenburger who played both baseball and football at Michigan in the 1940s and was the starting fullback for the 1947 Mad Magicians team. He was the MVP of the 1948 Rose Bowl. He was also the captain of the 1948 baseball team. Seth published a terrific profile of/interview with Weisenburger last August.
Weisenburger played baseball at U-M under long-time head coach Ray Fisher. So the younger Jack Weisenburger will play in the stadium named for his grandfather's coach at Michigan.
One other note, according to the U-M baseball record book, it appears that the younger Jack's father was a member of Michigan's baseball team in 1976.
Michigan now has commits from the #6 (Karl Kauffmann—Hello post), #40 (Weisenburger), and #49 (Clementi) prospects in PBR's 2016 rankings for their ten-state coverage area.
photo from PBR
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?