It was a good weekend for Michigan baseball as one Wolverine went in the MLB draft, while another earned a second All-Star appearance.
The offseason hasn’t gone great for Michigan baseball as the Wolverines lost their head coach and a number of key players to the transfer portal.
Erik Bakich was a legend for the Wolverines and after leading them to a Big Ten tournament championship, he took an offer from Clemson that would have been hard for any college baseball coach to refuse.
Still, his fingerprints can still be felt on the program and that was true on Sunday as Clark Elliott, the former Michigan baseball standout, was drafted by the Oakland A’s shortly after the second round.
Clark was picked 69th overall by the A’s in a special round of the draft between the second and third rounds. It marks the 10th-consecutive season that a Wolverine has been drafted and after showing his talent at the plate, and in the field for Michigan, it will be fun to watch Elliott develop at the next level. Here’s more on the outfielder’s accomplishments via Mgoblue:
“Elliott ranked among the Big Ten Conference leaders in most offensive categories as he put up big power numbers from the leadoff spot in the Wolverines’ batting order en route to selections to the ABCA All-Region First Team and All-Big Ten First Team. The Big Ten Conference Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Elliott batted .337 in 59 starts 1ith 17 doubles, 16 home runs, three triples, and 69 RBI for an OPS of 1.090. He led Michigan with a .460 on-base percentage and was second on the team with 19 stolen bases in 23 attempts.”
Jake Cronenworth earns all-star selection
In other Michigan baseball news, former Wolverine Jake Cronenworth earned his second selection as an MLB All-Star for the San Diego Padres.
“Cronenworth is batting .241 this year with nine home runs and 49 runs batted in. He is getting on base at a .337 clip and slugging .394 on the season. While his numbers may not be All-Star caliber by most standards, he posted a .315 batting average and .945 OPS during the month of June.”
The former Michigan standout helped the Wolverines win the Big Ten tournament title in 2015 when he was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament.
So when the mid-summer classic rolls around, Michigan baseball fans will have at least one name to cheer for.