this may be of some local interest
The Tigers will now have a closer by committee going into regular season play. I do not think that this is the best strategy for a potential World Series team.
Rondon had an ERA over 5 this spring and was inconsistent...
Brennan Boesch has been released. No surprise he won't be with the club. I hated his lazy-seeming ABs and his Cali attitude.
The Michigan baseball team picked up a win against struggling Holy Cross today. Jacob Cronenworth put up a quadruple triple with 3 hits, 3 stolen bases, 3 runs scored, and 3 shutout innings to pick up the save. Kyle Jusick went 4 for 4. Trent Szkutnik started and shut the Crusaders out through 4 innings, but ran into trouble after that.
The M baseball team lost to the St. Louis Billikens today. The offense was decent with Patrick Biondi, Michael O'Neill, Travis Maezes, and Kevin White each picking up 2 hits, but the pitching was ineffective. Starter James Bourque had an especially rough game, walking 4 of the 10 batters he faced and striking out none.
The state of Illinois is proving to be very fertile recruiting ground for Erik Bakich and company. After landing Nick Kowalczuk and Keith Lehmann in the 2013 class (see this roundup), the Michigan baseball staff has received nods from two more—highly touted—prospects from the Land of Lincoln, members of the class of 2014. Overall, Michigan now has eight 2014 commits—plus one from 2015.
EDIT: I forgot that Charlie Donovan, the one Michigan commit so far for 2015, is also from Illinois. PBR currently has him ranked #1 in the state (up from #2 at the time of his commitment) and #6 overall in their eight-state coverage area. I'm not sure where Perfect Game has him ranked, but it wouldn't surprise me if he's in their top 500. (His Hello post is here.)
Hello: Bryan Pall
RHP, Carl Sandburg H.S. (Orland Park, IL) — 6-1, 190 lbs.
Committed: November 2012
- Perfect Game: #343 nationally, #9 in Illinois
- PBR: currently #10 in Illinois; was ranked #47 overall in PBR's eight-state region at the time of his commitment
Scouting Report: from his PBR profile:
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound right-hander is one of the hottest names in Illinois’ Class of 2014. We first saw Pall come out of the pen early in his sophomore year last spring, pumping 83-85 fastballs with a hard and sharp 78-80 mph slider. As expected, Pall’s stuff continued to improve, and this fall he’s been up to 88 with a filthy 80-82 mph slider. The slider is a plus pitch, a true swing-and-miss pitch at the next level. Pall is yet another high-level arm in Illinois’ loaded 2014 class.
Hello: Rahman Williams
SS, Morgan Park H.S. (Chicago) — 5-11, 170 lbs.
Committed: March 2013
- Perfect Game: #139 nationally, #3 in Illinois
- PBR: #25 in PBR's eight-state region; #7 in Illinois
Scouting Report: from his PBR profile, dated 2/17/13:
Athletic build, shows some strength, body still shows projection, 5-foot-11, 170-pound switch hitting middle infielder. Feet work well, shows athleticism, 6.94 60. Defensively shows an advanced prowess with the glove, confident fielder. Soft hands, excellent body control, highly athletic defensive actions. Arm works well across the diamond, shows carry, stays true to target, 85 mph arm strength across infield. Offensively hits from both sides of the plate. Hits from an open stance, short stride. Bat speed is present, hands work well from both sides. Right handed, pull side approach, slightly more pop. Left handed swing shows good balance, works the middle of the field well. High level middle infield prospect.
Former Tiger's center fielder Curtis Granderson has been named by a source to be one of four players (three from the Yankees) to be facing a 50 game suspension for PED use. Is PED use as rampant in other sports as it is in baseball, or do other leagues sweep it under the rug. (This is not official but the guy coming out with this was right about Melky Cabrera being suspended last year before it was announced)
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