Baseball Eliminated from B1G

Submitted by douggoblue on May 23rd, 2013 at 1:42 PM

It's final in Minneapolis: Michigan 2, Illinois 3. Michigan's season is over. Had some chances to tie it up or take the lead late, but just couldn't push across another run.



May 23rd, 2013 at 3:31 PM ^

A quick peek at Michigan's roster showed 20 of 31 players are Freshman or Sophomore. I admit to not following NCAA baseball closely but does this show good things to come for Michigan in 2+ years? 


May 23rd, 2013 at 3:37 PM ^

I think it's a good sign, especially considering that our #2 pitcher Evan Hill is a freshman, and most of our top hitters outside of Biondi and O'Neill are underclassmen. And Bakich is doing a good job on the recruiting trail. Might take a step back next year, but then a big leap forward the season after that IMO


May 23rd, 2013 at 4:16 PM ^

You are correct in having such a young team bodes well for the future, but the baseball draft rules are a little different than other sports.  IIRC, if a player chooses to enter college, he cannot re-enter the draft until after his junior year.  Even if he gets drafted then, he still has the opportunity to return to school and be drafted again after his senior season (If anyone can confirm, please do so).

The point being, you generally do not see many Senior studs in baseball as they would have been drafted in the early rounds after their Junior year.  So while it bodes well that we have many Freshman and Sophomores for a few years, I believe "younger" teams are not as uncommon as it would seem.


May 24th, 2013 at 10:22 AM ^

You have the draft rules correct.

I would merely add, however, that stars in the B1G =/= stars in power conferences, and they tend to get passed over at higher rates than guys elsewhere, so Michigan can generally expect to keep more of its rising seniors than say a Florida State or Texas or LSU.


May 23rd, 2013 at 3:47 PM ^

Game over, 3-2. Very good season nonetheless, considering expectations. Errors, a big bugaboo throughout the entire season, hurt us again today. Last time we'll see Biondi suit up for the Maize and Blue and he was a great player. I expect Michael O'Neill to pass up on his senior season so could be the last time we see him play at Michigan as well.