Baseball

Despite canceled fall games, the Michigan baseball team feels confident about development before next season.

Like any other offseason, the Wolverines will earn everything from playing time and leadership roles to team logowear. Bakich hopes to build off the success of his 2019 team, which was runner-up at the College World Series, after losing five more important pieces of that team to the 2020 MLB draft and adding 20 new players to the roster.

After being drafted in the third round by the Chicago Cubs, former Wolverine, Jordan Nwogu, is finishing his degree at Michigan while training for his Minor League Baseball debut.

While his transition from college towards the minors was not as he expected it to be, he was able to come back to Michigan and finish his degree as he planned.

Former Michigan shortstop Jack Blomgren was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2020 MLB Draft.

When asked what his favorite part about playing baseball is, Jack Blomgren doesn’t hesitate.

“Number One: Winning,” the former Michigan shortstop told The Daily. “For sure. Just going out there and competing.” 

Catcher Joe Donovan signed a Minor League contract with the Cleveland Indians.

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.

Jack Blomgren was drafted by the Colorado Rockies.

Junior Jack Blomgren was drafted by the Colorado Rockies Thursday night.

Jordan Nwogu was selected by the Cubs in Thursday's draft.

Jordan Nwogu was drafted 88th overall by the Cubs Thursday night.

Jeff Criswell was the first Wolverine selected in the MLB draft Thursday.

Jeff Criswell was selected 58th overall Thursday night.

Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich and others propose baseball schedule change.

Michigan coach Erik Bakich’s motto of “You can’t get hot if you don’t start cold” might need to change soon, should a proposal he’s spearheading to change the structure of college baseball be accepted.

Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich and others propose baseball schedule change.

Michigan coach Erik Bakich’s motto of “You can’t get hot if you don’t start cold” might need to change soon, should a proposal he’s spearheading to change the structure of college baseball be accepted.

Junior designated hitter Jordan Nwogu has posted excellent advanced statistics throughout his career.

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.