While the Big Ten certainly should have been more forthcoming with information and more receptive to the views of all concerned parties given the sheer magnitude of the decision they made, the time has passed during which calls for increased transparency can be productive.
Junior catcher Joe Donovan and redshirt-senior infielder Matthew Schmidt became the fifth and sixth players from Michigan baseball to join the professional ranks, signing with Cleveland Tuesday and Kansas City Wednesday, respectively, as undrafted free agents.
Donovan and Schmidt join the other four Wolverines — junior right-hander Jeff Criswell, junior shortstop Jack Blomgren, and junior outfielders Jesse Franklin and Jordan Nwogu — who were drafted June 11.
Advanced statistics love junior outfielder Jordan Nwogu.
Nwogu’s patient eye, powerful swing, and plus speed create the model of a ballplayer that sabermetricians fawn over. Add consistency at the level Nwogu attained during the Wolverines’ 2019 campaign, and the result is gaudy numbers.
Former Michigan left-hander Jim Abbott knows pitching better than most.
A two-time Big Ten Champion, Abbott went on to a storied 11-year major league career, finishing third in Cy Young voting in 1991. So when he praises junior right-hander Jeff Criswell, it makes you stop and think of what the future could hold.
“Well he’s big, and he’s strong. I’ll tell you that,” Abbott told The Daily.
Thirteen years ago, White Sox ACE Program founders Kenny Fullman and Nathan Durst sat down to solve a problem. Their work has led to an elite inner-city baseball program that has developed a unique connection with Michigan baseball.