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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It appears that our offense is really good and our pitching is subpar at times.
4 wins from another B1G Title.
Now let's bang...
...posbang, that is.
The team is now 2-3.
After losing each of their first three games by only one run (two games in extra innings), the men broke out the bats in Port St. Lucie for the first victory under the new coach.
Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) earned the win on the mound, scattering six hits and allowing just a run with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. At the plate, junior Michael O'Neill belted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to left in the eighth inning. O'Neill joined senior Patrick Biondi with two hits on the day, as Biondi drove in and scored a pair of runs.
For more details, MGoBlue LINK.
A doubleheader against Fordham tomorrow, and then they get to face the Mets (yes, [some of] those Mets) in an exhibition.
Good day for both teams of bat-and-ball-slingers.