Baseball Recruiting: Pre-Draft Edition

Baseball Recruiting: Pre-Draft Edition

Submitted by Raoul on June 8th, 2016 at 5:04 PM

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.

OT: RIP, Al Ackerman

OT: RIP, Al Ackerman

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on June 8th, 2016 at 12:15 PM

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.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/detroit-sports-casting-legend-al-a…

Fantasy Baseball

Fantasy Baseball

Submitted by ghost on June 7th, 2016 at 3:31 PM

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.

BB: NCAA Baseball CWS Bracketology

BB: NCAA Baseball CWS Bracketology

Submitted by amir_6 on May 29th, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Here are some projections of the field:

 

http://www.houseofsparky.com/2016/5/29/11807538/ncaa-baseball-bracketol… (#2 seed vs. North Carolina in the Conway regional)

 

http://www.cowboysrideforfree.com/2016/5/27/11787206/college-baseball-b… (#2 seed vs. Wright State in the Louisville regional)

 

Selection Show is tomorrow at noon on ESPNU

 

Michigan vs Ohio State: B1G Baseball Tournament Elimination Game [POSTPONED]

Michigan vs Ohio State: B1G Baseball Tournament Elimination Game [POSTPONED]

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 27th, 2016 at 10:03 PM

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.

Baseball eliminates 1 seed Minnesota in B1G Tournament

Baseball eliminates 1 seed Minnesota in B1G Tournament

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 26th, 2016 at 2:01 PM

We sent Minnesota packing in the elimination game the last time we played them in this park for the B1G Tournament.

We have to do it again.

5 Michigan vs 1 Minnesota in a B1G Tournament Elimination Game on BTN right now.

Oliver Jaskie gets the start for Michigan.

LET'S GO BLUE!!! We need to win this game to lock up an at-large bid. 

EDIT: MICHIGAN WINS!!!

 

What is going on with Michigan Baseball?

What is going on with Michigan Baseball?

Submitted by amir_6 on May 19th, 2016 at 10:27 AM
This was supposed to be the year they were going to contend for a Big Ten Championship. Everything seemed to look good as they were ranked as high as #15 this year. But they have dropped games to teams they should have easily beat. They have now lost 5 in a row, what do you expect from the rest of the season? Do you expect them to take a big step forward next year? Discuss.