As the cold weather rages through the midwest the only hope that sports fans have is that baseball season is coming. Okay, maybe not the only hope, but, if you're anything like me, the only positive thing about the winter weather, is just that, it's almost baseball season.
In the 2023 campaign the Wolverines compiled a .500 record finishing at 28-28 with a loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Tournament, the team they defeated to win said tournament just one season prior. Michigan baseball will have to replace a lot but they know exactly who they will look to lean on in the 2024 season, their two-way player Mitch Voit.
Mitch Voit, sophomore out of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin is coming off of a season where he hit .267 with 7 homeruns, as well as, pitched 36.0 innings to the tune of a 3.25 ERA. Voit will look to build on what was a successful freshman campaign in hopes to lead the Wolverines back to the NCAA Tournament and maybe even the College World Series. Mitch Voit won't be alone though.
Returning alongside Voit for Michigan baseball, outfielder Jonathan Kim, another sophomore coming off an All-Big Ten Third team selection, will also look to take huge strides off of an impressive freshman season in Ann Arbor. A season where he hit .322, will look to turn singles into extra-base hits and make improvements in the outfield, although, he was rather impressive there to begin with tallying 102 putouts and a .981 fielding percentage.
Michigan baseball lost a lot, nobody is running from that, but, they still have the tools to have a successful season on the diamond. They return Joey Velasquez as well, so they have potential in the Big Ten. It's only January, but, I can't wait to see these guys on the diamond in just over a month.