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2019 Michigan Wolverines baseball team

The 2019 Michigan Wolverines baseball team represented the University of Michigan in the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Wolverines, led by head coach Erik Bakich in his seventh season, were a member of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Wilpon Baseball Complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines finished the season with a 50–22 record, including 16–7 in conference play, marking their first 50 win season since 1987.[2]

2019 Michigan Wolverines baseball
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
Corvallis Regional champions
Los Angeles Super Regional champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
CBNo. 2
2019 record50–22 (16–7 Big Ten)
Head coachErik Bakich (7th season)
Assistant coachMichael Brdar (2nd season)
Hitting coachNick Schnabel (7th season)
Pitching coachChris Fetter (2nd season)
MVPJordan Brewer (Junior year)
Home stadiumWilpon Baseball Complex
Seasons
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2019 Big Ten Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Indiana  ‍‍‍y 17 7   .708     37 23   .617
No. 2 Michigan  ‍‍‍y 16 7   .696     50 22   .694
Illinois  ‍‍‍y 15 9   .625     36 21   .632
Nebraska  ‍‍‍y 15 9   .625     32 24   .571
Minnesota  ‍‍‍ 15 9   .625     29 27   .518
Ohio State  ‍‍y 12 12   .500     36 27   .571
Iowa  ‍‍‍ 12 12   .500     31 24   .564
Maryland  ‍‍‍ 12 12   .500     29 29   .500
Northwestern  ‍‍‍ 11 13   .458     24 27   .471
Rutgers  ‍‍‍ 9 14   .391     20 31   .392
Michigan State  ‍‍‍ 8 15   .348     20 34   .370
Purdue  ‍‍‍ 7 16   .304     20 34   .370
Penn State  ‍‍‍ 4 18   .182     22 27   .449
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of July 4, 2019[1]; Rankings from D1Baseball

The Wolverines received an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. They defeated Creighton in the regional finals and UCLA in the super regionals to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1984.[3] They became the first Big Ten Conference team to advance to the College World Series since Indiana in 2013, and the first Big Ten Conference team to advance to the championship round in the College World Series since Ohio State in 1966.[4]

Previous seasonEdit

The Wolverines finished the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season 33–21 overall, including 15–8 in conference play, finishing in third place in their conference. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Wolverines qualified to play in the 2018 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament. The Wolverines would eventually lose in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament to Ohio State by a score of 3–5.[5]

PreseasonEdit

Michigan was the only Big Ten Conference team to appear in every national preseason top-25 ranking.[6] The Wolverines were ranked No. 17 by D1Baseball, No. 20 by Baseball America, No. 23 by NCBWA and No. 25 by ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll in their respective preseason polls.[7][8][9][10]

RosterEdit

2019 Michigan Wolverines baseball team
Players Coaches
# Pos. Name Bats/Throws Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
0 C Joe Donovan R/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Westmont H. S. Clarendon Hills, Illinois
2 INF Jack Blomgren R/R 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Craig H. S. Milton, Wisconsin
3 OF Miles Lewis S/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Hudson H. S. Hudson, Wisconsin
4 INF Ako Thomas R/R 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Mount Carmel H. S. Chicago, Illinois
5 OF Christian Bullock L/L 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Morgan Park H. S. Chicago, Illinois
6 RHP Danny Zimmerman R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Redondo Union H. S. Redondo Beach, California
7 OF Jesse Franklin L/L 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Seattle Prep Seattle, Washington
8 INF Matthew Schmidt R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Regis Jesuit H. S. Parker, Colorado
10 INF Blake Nelson R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Mount Rainier H. S. Normandy Park, Washington
11 C Harrison Slater R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS So St. Mary's Prep Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
12 INF Riley Bertram S/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Zionsville H. S. Zionsville, Indiana
13 OF Dominic Clementi L/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Arrowhead H. S. Hartland, Wisconsin
14 LHP Benjamin Keizer L/L 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr Portage Northern H. S. Portage, Michigan
15 INF Jimmy Kerr (C) L/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Notre Dame Prep H. S. Scottsdale, Arizona
17 RHP Jeff Criswell R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Portage Central H. S. Portage, Michigan
18 C Jordan Rodgers R/R 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Simeon Career Academy Chicago, Illinois
19 RHP Dillon Nowicki R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Stoughton H. S. Stoughton, Wisconsin
20 RHP Willie Weiss R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Westview H. S. Portland, Oregon
21 LHP Ben Dragani L/L 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Catholic Memorial H. S. Brookfield, Wisconsin
22 OF Jordan Brewer R/L 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Lincoln Trail College St. Joseph, Michigan
24 C Casey Buckley L/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Los Alamitos H. S. Long Beach, California
25 RHP Isaiah Paige R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Damien H. S. Diamond Bar, California
27 LHP Steven Hajjar R/L 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Central Catholic H. S. Andover, Massachusetts
28 RHP Keaton Carratini R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr La Costa Canyon H. S. Encinitas, California
29 RHP Blake Beers R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Loyola H. S. Manhattan Beach, California
30 LHP Jack White L/L 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Athens Academy Bethesda, Maryland
32 RHP Joe Pace R/R 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Notre Dame H. S. Valley Village, California
34 RHP Jack Bredeson R/R 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Arrowhead H. S. Hartland, Wisconsin
35 LHP Walker Cleveland L/L 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 145 lb (66 kg) Fr North Gwinnett H. S. Suwanee, Georgia
37 RHP Karl Kauffmann R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Brother Rice H. S. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
40 LHP Angelo Smith L/L 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Richards H. S. Thornton, Illinois
42 OF Jordan Nwogu R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Pioneer H. S. Ann Arbor, Michigan
47 LHP Tommy Henry L/L 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Portage Northern H. S. Portage, Michigan
48 RHP Jack Weisenburger R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Rockford H. S. Rockford, Michigan
51 INF Jack Van Remortel R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Carmel H. S. Carmel, Indiana
Head coach

Erik Bakich

Assistant coach(es)

Michael Brdar

Hitting coach(es)

Nick Schnabel

Pitching coach(es)

Chris Fetter


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Current redshirt

Roster
Last update: June 10, 2019

ScheduleEdit

2019 Michigan Wolverines Baseball Game Log
Regular Season (38–16)
Postseason (12–6)
  •   Win
  •   Loss
  •   Postponement
  • Bold: Wolverines team member
  • Reference:[11]

Awards and honorsEdit

Major League Baseball DraftEdit

The following Wolverines were selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft:[19]

List of Drafted Players
Name 2019 Class Pos. Team Overall
Tommy Henry Junior LHP Arizona Diamondbacks 74th
Karl Kauffmann Junior RHP Colorado Rockies 77th
Jordan Brewer Junior OF Houston Astros 106th
Jack Weisenburger Junior RHP Oakland Athletics 614th
Jimmy Kerr Senior INF Detroit Tigers 982nd

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Ten Conference baseball standings, teams, and schedules". D1Baseball. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Hewitt, Katie Gwinn (June 26, 2019). "Michigan's CWS Journey Ends With Runner-up Finish After Loss to Vanderbilt". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Michigan outlasts UCLA, 4-2, advances to first College World Series since 1984". Detroit Free Press. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Zuke, Ryan (June 11, 2019). "Michigan's College World Series appearance 'a long time coming,' coach says". MLive.com. MLive Media Group. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Zuke, Ryan (May 26, 2018). "Big Ten Tournament: Michigan baseball eliminated by Ohio State". MLive.com. MLive Media Group. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Svoboda, Kurt (February 13, 2019). "Michigan Picked to Finish Second in Big Ten Preseason Poll". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Baseball Coaches Poll". USA Today. January 24, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "College Top 25". Baseball America. May 26, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 D1Baseball Preseason Top 25". d1baseball.com. D1Baseball. January 14, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Vanderbilt Tops 2019 Preseason NCBWA Poll". SportsWriters.net. National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. February 4, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Baseball Schedule". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "Maryland and Michigan Earn Baseball Weekly Honors". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. February 25, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "NCBWA Names Division I National Players of the Week". sportswriters.net. February 25, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "Indiana, Michigan and Nebraska Earn Baseball Weekly Honors". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 4, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Iowa and Michigan Claim Baseball Weekly Accolades". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. April 29, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Svoboda, Kurt (May 21, 2019). "Brewer Named Player of the Year; Nine Wolverines Earn All-Big Ten Honors". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Svoboda, Kurt (June 15, 2019). "Bakich Named NCBWA National Coach of the Year". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Svoboda, Kurt (June 13, 2019). "Awards & Honors: Five Wolverines Garner All-America, Region Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Hewitt, Katie Gwinn (June 5, 2019). "Weisenburger, Kerr Selected on Day Three of MLB Draft". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 10, 2019.