"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
Two Michigan juniors and three Michigan signees were selected on day three of the MLB draft. Junior right-hander James Bourque was the first picked, going in the 14th round (#424 overall) to the Washington Nationals. Erik Bakich had gone into the draft expecting Bourque to be drafted and to sign, and he indicated that again in an MLive article today.
"He is a hard-thrower," Bakich said, in a phone interview Saturday. "He got his fastball up to 96 miles per hour by the end of the season, and he has stuff with his fastball and curveball that from a professional standpoint is really good."
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"Any where a player gets drafted on day three of the draft gives them a good opportunity to start a professional career," Bakich said.
Bakich expects Bourque to sign with the Nationals.
But in a Freep article, Bourque sounded more uncertain:
Bourque has no idea of his plans, whether he’ll sign or return for his senior year at Michigan, but the uncertain part is over.
“I’m definitely more relieved,” he said. “The whole draft process gets old and you don’t really get any news until you see your name on the draft board... I’m just more relieved and glad it’s done and I can focus on what I’m doing now and talk to them.”
The Tigers drafted junior southpaw Trent Szkutnik in the 20th round (#610 overall). As with Bourque, Bakich had been anticipating that Szkutnik would go pro. That still seems to be the case given that he's a local product, who went to high school at Temperance Bedford and is a Tigers fans. Here's a quote from an MLive article:
"It is great to see the team from our state take Trent," Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich said. "Everyone is extremely excited about him getting a chance to play professional baseball here in Michigan."
The first Michigan signee drafted was Drew Lugbauer, a 6-4 catcher out of Arlington H.S. in New York, selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in round 21 (#624 overall). A local news article indicates he's still planning on coming to Ann Arbor:
"We spoke to the Blue Jays before the draft and they knew I was going to school. I'm really thankful they selected me,'' Lugbauer said.
"I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing and try to develop as a player to the best of my ability (at Michigan).''
With Cole Martin graduating this year, Lugbauer could be a key member of the 2014 class.
Taken in round 26 (#786 overall) by the Texas Rangers was another signee, Jayce Vancena, a right-handed pitcher out of Lake H.S. in Millbury, Ohio. The Rangers had expressed serious interest in Vancena heading into the draft, even summoning him down to Texas for a pre-draft workout and forcing him to miss a playoff game in the process (according to this article).
The Tigers drafted a second Michigan signee in round 31 (#940 overall)—Grant Reuss, a left-handed pitcher from Cranbrook Kingswood H.S.
Note that July 18 is the deadline for drafted players and teams to reach deals.
The Detroit Tigers have a few holes on their team that are preventing them from winning a world championship. What do you think Dambroski and Illitch should do at the deadline? Should they go after a shortstop like Rollins or Hanley Ramirez who could provide veteran leadership in the postseason and a nice boost in hitting or should they go after a lock down reliever who can provide depth and strengthen the bullpen?
An original Met, manager of the Red Sox and Cubs, bench coach for the Yankees. Quite a career in baseball. But we'll always remember him being owned by Pedro Martinez during the bench-clearing brawl.
We had a forum post that had some decent traffic regarding 50 Cent's terrible First Pitch. Well the good folks at MLB Fan Cave did something pretty funny:
Yep, that's swing-at-anything former star Vlad Guerrero added into the footage of 50 Cent's horrible first pitch from last week's Mets game. Of course, Guerrero golfs 50's misfire into the outfield for a base hit. He was known for swinging at balls way out of the strike zone and turning them into hits, so why not 50 Cent's?
Funny stuff! Who would have thought anyone would swing at that pitch, much less hit it??? Good old Vlad!
I don't know how to embed Vines, so if someone does I would appreciate it in the comments below.
Erik Bakich and his staff are once again tapping into the California juco ranks that this year brought a key player to the team—Jackson Glines, whose stellar Wolverine debut season earned him second-team All–Big Ten honors. Looking to shore up the weak area of this year's team—the offense—the Michigan staff today received a verbal commitment from Cody Bruder, a 6-0, 175-lb. outfielder at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
This season, Bruder batted .359 (66-for-184), with 4 homers, 8 triples, 31 RBIs, and 36 runs scored. He was named first-team All–Orange Empire Conference and helped lead his team to a state championship.
Academically, Bruder seems like a good fit for Michigan. The OCC student newspaper ran a feature article on him last year, in which they point out his 4.1 GPA as a senior at Santiago High, where he was named student athlete of the year. He's majoring in zoology at OCC and "wants to earn his master’s degree and become a wildlife biologist to help save endangered species through breeding and habitat conservation."
Illinois vs. MSU on now. Michigan vs. Iowa follows one hour after this game.