Snow and baseball are not two things that people commonly associate with one another, but that’s typical in the world of Big Ten baseball. It is difficult for the conference to reach a level of national success when many of its schools still have weather below freezing in mid-March.
At the end of last season, Michigan lost 11 players to the MLB Draft — pitcher Oliver Jaskie, infielder Drew Lugbauer, catcher Harrison Wenson and infielder Michael Brdar. Jaskie was the team’s ace and was drafted in the sixth round.
Last June, Michigan coach Erik Bakich watched as a program-record 11 players were drafted to the MLB. It was a milestone moment to cap off the fifth season of his tenure in Ann Arbor that has included five winning seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship.