Five Wolverines ended up being selected during the MLB Draft, the most since 2010. Junior LHP Brett Adcock went first, on day two of the draft, in round 4 to the Astros. The other four were all taken today, on day three: junior Carmen Benedetti, drafted as a utility player by the Astros in round 12; senior LHP Evan Hill, by the Tigers in round 24; junior RHP Jackson Lamb, by the Cardinals in round 35; and junior catcher Harrison Wenson, by the Pirates in round 39.
Most likely, Adcock and Benedetti will both sign with the Astros and forgo their senior seasons, and Lamb and Wenson will return. If you have a good baseball program, you should expect to lose some juniors every year to the draft, so this is about as good an outcome as could be expected, especially given that none of Michigan's 2016 signees got drafted.
Since my last update in January, Michigan has picked up three more commits (that I know of): commit #11 for 2017 and two juco transfers for 2016, bringing the total for that class to 10.
Blake Beers (2017): 6-5, 210-lb. RHP/1B, Loyola HS (Los Angeles, CA). Couldn't find a recent scouting report on him, but Perfect Game has his fastball topping out at 91. Video. Out of the 11 commits for 2017, 5 are from California.
Brock Keener (2016): 6-0, 190-lb. C/IF, Alvin CC (TX); Foster HS (Richmond, TX). A switch-hitter, who originally signed with Louisiana-Lafayette but left after the fall 2014 semester because of a coaching change. His NJCAA page shows him batting .348 for Alvin in 2015, with 1 HR, 21 RBI, and 25 runs scored, and .226 in 2016, with 1 HR, 11 RBI, and 15 runs.
Chris Prescott (2016): 6-1, 180-lb. OF, Orange Coast College (CA); Canyon HS (Anaheim Hills, CA). Left-handed hitter out of the same junior college Cody Bruder attended. 2016 stats at Orange Coast: batted .350, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 23 runs, 5 SB.
MLB Draft (June 9-11): Two Michigan juniors are listed in Baseball America's top 500 for the 2016 draft: Brett Adcock (#224) and Carmen Benedetti (#275). They also have Michigan signee Karl Kauffmann (6-2 RHP, Brother Rice HS) at #330.
Kauffmann is also the only Michigan signee in Prep Baseball Report's Draft 100 (at #76), which includes only high school seniors. They had once pegged him as a possible early-round pick, but a less-than-stellar senior season appears to have deflated his draft stock. Two other U-M signees are among their "others to watch" for the draft: Christian Bullock (6-0 1B/LHP/OF, Morgan Park HS, Chicago) and Tommy Henry (6-4 LHP, Portage Northern HS [MI]).
Back in April, D1Baseball listed Michigan junior catcher Harrison Wenson as one of their top 100 college prospects for the 2016 draft. Not sure what they had to say about him specifically as that article is pay-walled.
One thing to note is that since becoming Michigan's coach, Erik Bakich has had several of his signees drafted, but none of them elected to go pro at that time.
The sportscaster who coined the phrase "Bless You, Boys" for the 1984 Tigers has died. After every Tigers win that season, Al Ackerman would end the segment by saying, "Bless you, boys, this is the year." I don't think Detroit's ever had a sportscaster so identified with a single catchphrase.
Bless you, Al. Rest in peace.
I have a fantasy baseball league that was started off of here. It is 20 teams and will convert to a keeper league next year. We will redraft next year before becoming a keeper league.
There are 6 teams that have inactive owners. I know I had more responses from here then spots in the league so if anyone would like to take over a team reply to this post. League membership will be capped at 20 next year and the first invities will go to current managers.
Here are some projections of the field:
http://www.houseofsparky.com/2016/5/29/11807538/ncaa-baseball-bracketolo... (#2 seed vs. North Carolina in the Conway regional)
http://www.cowboysrideforfree.com/2016/5/27/11787206/college-baseball-br... (#2 seed vs. Wright State in the Louisville regional)
Selection Show is tomorrow at noon on ESPNU
Game postponed after only 1.5 innings of play due to rain.
Michigan down 2-5 when (if) it resumes.
If either of these teams reaches the championship game, they'd have to win 3 games in 24 hours just to get to the championship.
I seriously question if this thing will cancelled.