Update on 2013 U-M Baseball Recruiting Class

Submitted by Raoul on July 25th, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Daily has an article out on the 2013 Michigan baseball recruiting class. They claim the class is 16-strong, with two signees not previously mentioned on mgoblog—both junior college transfers from California:

  • Jason Deitrich: 6-7 right-handed pitcher. Junior college transfer from Golden West College. His profile page there says he went 5-4 with a 4.57 ERA in 2013. He started out at Long Beach State, before his one year at Golden West.
  • Jackson Glines: 6-0, 185-pound outfielder. Junior college transfer from Fresno City College. In 2013 Glines batted .373 with 4 HR and 29 RBI. This article on his commitment to Michigan has more details on his two years at Fresno City.

The Daily article also says Michigan has 30 players returning from last season, plus the 16 newcomers, which would put them well above the 35-man roster limit (which needs to be reached by the day before the first scheduled game). Anyone know if this is unusual? It's possible that several of the returning players are walk-ons, so it may be that the number of players on some type of scholarship is well below 46.



July 25th, 2013 at 10:43 AM ^

Where is the guy that is on here everytime we get a commit complaining we will never compete till we get cali kids? He's probably going to be thrilled.


July 25th, 2013 at 11:50 AM ^

It's not just complaining, it's a fact!! Until we come here to Cali to get recruits we will be average. There is so much talent here in So Cal it's SICK! Most of you guys probably don't realize how much talent is really here for baseball in So Cal. I'm telling you that you could go right now and get so many kids from community colleges and high school that are not even signed w anyone and these kids are just monsters on the field. So many Cali kids fall through the cracks here its insane because of the amount if talent here. I'm glad to see we hot at least 2 so far. And these kids hardly ever get a full rude in baseball almost all scholarship players are partial. GO BLUE!!!


July 25th, 2013 at 1:40 PM ^

Having played at Pepperdine, Loyola, Cal St Northridge, and Cal Poly I have seen talent in So Cal. However baseball is very different from football/basketball/hockey recruiting. Blue chip kids often don't want to play at D1 schools like M and they shouldn't. If you are better than a Big Ten player, you should be trying to go pro. Junior college and NAIA programs allow you to get signed after your first year or second. Thus your negotiating power is higher. You can get drafted and return to school while negotiating starting at age 18. If you go NCAA D1, with few exceptions, you are locked in for 3 years and only have 1 opportunity to negotiate, which is getting drafted as a junior. A college senior typically gets the minimum and he can't be choosy.

Also, almost all scholarships are partial in the Big Ten too. So a CA kid can pay out of state tuition (prob half scholarship) and lose his negotiating leverage w MLB, or he can pay CA in-state JUCO tuition and drive his own signing bonus up?

Lastly, I certainly played against a lot of Major Leaguers in the Big Ten. Many of these So Cal kids falling through the cracks are not as good as Nick Swisher, Joe Girardi, or Alex Gordon. A kid who fell through the cracks was really Curtis Granderson and he's from Chicago. No CA kid I ever played against was as good as he is.


July 25th, 2013 at 3:40 PM ^

I've played D1 baseball and was drafted and I continue to coach at a high level w travel ball. My 11u team is the #1 team in the country and my 18u team could mop the floor w every big10 team there is! Cali Kids are so much better then almost all 95% of the country. You are basing your experience on your experience and not the facts. With USSSA, area code games, show cases etc I could go right now and get 15 kids that I know know that are going to be seniors this year and mop up most D1 conferences daily. Cali is where it's at just like most of the south is where people look for football. It is what it is.


July 25th, 2013 at 4:54 PM ^

Lets focus on the issue you keep raising shall we? Remind me again why all those studs want to give up 3 years of their big league career to pay out of state tuition to play at M and only have one shot at a serious pro contract? Rather than sign at the age of 18, 19, or 20 and get paid more earlier without taking student loans?


July 25th, 2013 at 11:16 AM ^

Coach Kenny coached me at University of San Diego, and then he coached at Pepperdine for several years.  He still has some strong California connections.  With 11.7 scholarships to dole out, there are probably several guys on academic or nothing at all.  Full schollies are rare these days, and if the number you speak of is true, fall ball will be a heck of a battle!  The team will be a national contender soon if these coaches stay.


July 25th, 2013 at 12:31 PM ^

I dont know about the roster limit, but I'm sure a lot of the guys get little or no financial aid. I know someone who attended a D1 school for baseball and he just got a half scholarship plus a lot of "academic scholarships" to make up most of the rest. I think a few other places might've just offered him a quarter scholarship or a walk on spot


July 25th, 2013 at 1:26 PM ^

46 guys seems typical to me. While playing at NU we always heard that Ohio St. had about 50 kids at practice but only dressed 35 and traveled 28. D1 baseball programs commonly have a junior varsity type program of guys who don't dress for games. I know Valparaiso had one.

At NU we only had 28 on the team ever because admissions would not allow us more than that for academic exceptions and we rarely had more than a couple tryouts for kids who weren't recruited.


July 25th, 2013 at 4:10 PM ^

This is off-topic but related to Michigan baseball, and probably not worthy of its own thread—an SI article on Michael O'Neill, in which he has high praise for Erik Bakich:

New coach Erik Bakich came to Ann Arbor from the University of Maryland and fit right in. O'Neill meshed with Bakich's "egalitarian" approach. He put up the best numbers of his career in his junior season at Michigan: in 56 games, he hit .356, slugged .498, and stole 23 bases, placing him in a four-way tie for most stolen bases in the Big Ten that year.

"As far as my development, he was the best coach I've ever had," O'Neill says. "It was my best year playing baseball."

One item that is related to next year's roster is that the article touches on how close O'Neill came to returning for his senior season (as has been discussed here before) and that Bakich said he'd have a full ride if he returned.


July 31st, 2013 at 11:21 AM ^

So the program finally announced the 2013 recruiting class, listing 13 incoming freshman and two junior college transfers. Jason Deitrich is not mentioned, so it looks like the Daily got that wrong. When I did a search for info on him, I never found any evidence that he was headed to Michigan.