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.
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.
The bright spot is that everyone on the roster who would like to return will be able to do so for the 2021 season, thanks to eligibility relief for spring athletes. With all the pieces able to return, Bakich can continue to assemble the puzzle of the starters on which he was nearing completion this year.
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.
Since a victory over then-No. 1 Vanderbilt to start the season the Wolverines have struggled to perform consistently as they have given up big innings and failed to string productive at-bats together on a regular basis.
Whether the team likes it or not, this season is the most important season in Michigan baseball history. It could define the program’s legacy for years to come. It could prove that last season wasn’t a fluke. It has the potential to solidify the Wolverines as a national powerhouse and reinvigorate northern baseball.