Baseball

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.

Junior right-hander Jeff Criswell had a higher ERA than FIP this season.

Satchel Paige wasn’t worried about fielding errors or bad hops.

Junior right-hander Jeff Criswell made a habit of earning quality starts and going deep into games this season.

Former Michigan left-hander Jim Abbott knows pitching better than most.

The Michigan baseball team is poised for success in 2021.

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.