Adding to an already impressive group of commitments in the 2016 class, Erik Bakich and his staff received more good news today in the form of a pledge from Tommy Henry, a 6-3, 160-lb. left-handed pitcher out of Portage Northern H.S. in Portage, Michigan (located near Kalamazoo). Only about two weeks ago, Prep Baseball Report posted an update on his recruitment, mentioning that in his sophomore season of high school he posted a 7-1 record with a 0.85 ERA in 53 innings pitched, with 72 strikeouts and 18 walks. Here's their scouting report on him:
Already ranked 5th in the 2016 rankings Tommy has a very projectable frame at 6’3 160 pound prospect with plenty of room to fill out and add velocity. Arm works easily and very clean to go along with smooth mechanics. Currently throws 81-83 mph but throws with late life down in the zone. Very projectable player who will only get better as time goes on.
As noted, PBR has Henry ranked #5 in the state of Michigan. He's #40 in their overall rankings, which currently cover ten states. Regarding his recruitment, the PBR article noted that he had visited "Michigan, Western Michigan, Miami (OH), Cincinnati, and Duke University and has been in contact with Michigan State, Wichita State, Indiana State, and Stanford."
Also of note is that Henry is a teammate at Portage Northern of Ben Keizer, another southpaw pitcher who committed to Michigan in February for the 2015 class.
Here's a summary of the 2016 class to date, with PBR rankings indicated. Note that Michigan now has commitments from three of the top six in-state prospects and four of PBR's overall top 50.
- Christian Bullock 6-0 1B/LHP/OF, #44 in IL, #141 overall (Hello post)
- Dominic Clementi 6-2 LHP, #6 in WI, #30 overall (Hello post)
- Tommy Henry 6-3 LHP, #5 in MI, #40 overall
- Karl Kauffmann 6-1 RHP, #1 in MI, #13 overall (Hello post)
- Jack Weisenburger 6-2 RHP, #6 in MI, #41 overall (Hello post)
There's a long way to go, but at this point this is likely the top 2016 class in the Big Ten.
Commenting on Jeter may qualify as only a little OT, but how about opening the ASG with a double? What an incredible talent.
And the d-bag yelling "over-rated" in a quiet stadium should have multiple beers poured on his head. So much for Minnesota nice.
Tigers looking for the sweep of KC today. Justin Verlander vs. Bruce Chen. Score is 0-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.
The Tigers are teeing off. It's 5-1 Tigers in the first inning and we already have free curly fries with Tori's home run.
The shot heard round Detroit ends it 5-4.
OT: Rite of Passage - Took My Nine Year Old To His First Game Last Night (and that's going to be hard to beat)
As I get older there are things about growing up that have stuck with me through time. One of those memories is my late father taking me to my first baseball game at Tiger Stadium way back in 1968 to see them take on the Washington Senators. I remember today how huge the place looked, the sounds, eating hotdogs (best hotdog ever) and just how exciting and alive the stadium was. Earl Wilson was pitching that day for Detroit and I remember getting a program and trying to keep score on it like my dad showed me to. I remember hoping a foul ball came our way (it didn't) and while not completely understanding what was going on I knew it seemed very important. My dad, like me today, wasn't a huge baseball fan, but we had fun and the I remember the Tigers beat the Senators on a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in exrra innings by the late, great Gates Brown. It was so exciting!
Tonight I am taking my nine year old son to his first baseball game at Progressive Field here in Cleveland. While Tommy and my wife will be sporting Indians gear, I'll be representing the Tigers in section 130, row V, along with hopefully more than a few of my fellow Michiganders. Verlander's on the bump and it's Omar Visquel jersey night so the place should be packed and rocking. Hopefully he remembers tonight when he's 54 as fondly as I do my first game today.
Edit: Well that's going to be hard to top. That game had just about everything a nine year old first time fan could want. Great pitching, back and forth action, home runs, a ninth inning comeback from the home team, extra innings and a win for the good guys. And Fireworks!!! It doesnt get much better than that and he (and I) had an absolute blast.
PS: You'll note that we "split the dfference" in Tommy's clothing. A Tigers hat for dad and an Indians shirt for mom but trust me, the boy was 100% Tigers in his cheering!