I GET IT
Just a few things from the MLB draft today, because it's the offseason! Hooray offseason!
The Tiger's drafted twice today, both supplemental round picks, and got Nick Castellanos, a 3B out of a Florida HS, and Chance Ruffin, RHP out of Texas.
I actually told a friend, who posts here, that the Tiger's would have to draft Castellanos if he fell. He's a HS SS who is probably too big to continue at the position, but should have an above average bat and has a lot of power potential if he can fill out his frame. I love the pick, I love it like Mariah Carey loves cocaine.
Ruffin is a relief pitcher out of Texas, but there is a chance he could transition into a starter down the road. I'm a little surprised he was the pick, Dombrowski and Chadd are always picking power arms, and Ruffin doens't fit that profile. Low to mid 90's fastball, with decent change up and breaking ball. Good control and make-up, as well as being the son of a former MLB player and having a truly great baseball name.
In less Tiger's related draft news, Ryan Lamarre has not been drafted yet, but it seems like he should go sometime soon, hopefully he doesn't fall like Putnam did. In what might be good or bad news, Alex Wimmers was drafted by the Twins, so all Tiger's/Wolverines fans get to continue hating him, and you can still use the voodoo doll with one strand of his hair tied around the waist as a pincushion.
The three finalist for the Johnny Bench Award were named today. Michigan's Chris Berset was not one of them. The Finalist List:
- Yasmani Grandal, University of Miami
- Bryan Holaday, Texas Christian University
- Jose Iglesias, Coastal Carolina University
Berset couldn't finish the season as hot as he started, finishing with a .373 batting average, 50 RBI, 54 runs scored, and 7 homers. He also threw out 23 base stealers and picked off another 6 base runners, the latter led all Big Ten pitchers and catchers.
Via Aaron Fitt (Baseball America)'s Twitter feed:
Stunner: Michigan pitching coach Bob Keller just called me & said, "I've been released from Michigan baseball." He'll land new job quickly.
Pretty shocking given all the talent he has produced the last few years. No idea what this might mean for any current players. I know Ballantine came to Michigan to come under the same pitching instruction that similarly built Chris Fetter was built up in.
At the same time, the regression of the bullpen over the course of the last two seasons has been somewhat suspect. I'll bring more details in as I get them.
Keller had been an assistant at Michigan since 2005. MGoBlue Bio.
Here's a link to the upcoming Regional action... gotta like LSU action... put your money where the BT's mouth is on Minny? Anyone?
(click "baseball" on left)
In a little over two seasons of Michigan baseball coverage, I've seen highs and I've seen lows. In 2008, Michigan had an outstanding class of upperclassmen, perhaps their best since the 1980s. When they left, some to graduation, others who left early to the draft, Michigan was left with a huge void. In one year, Michigan went from a first place team in the Big Ten to one of the worst teams in the conference.
The 2010 season was supposed to be the first step to rebuilding. Michigan had two powerful senior captains. They had Ryan LaMarre, a guy now looking at being drafted in the first two rounds of the MLB draft. The pitching depth was there. They may have lacked the big star on the mound, but they were going to be good.
On Saturday, Michigan faced Iowa in a chance to make the Big Ten Tournament Championship. The game went much like the rest of the season. Michigan opened with a bang. The offense exploded. After it went quiet, the pitching held strong. But when the pitching left, so did much of Michigan's hopes for the NCAA.
Recap, and a look back at the big picture… or excel graph. However you want to look at it…, and a look forward after the jump.
Does Michigan still have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament?