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All players selected with ties to the state of Michigan


Detroit Tigers lead Florida high school outfielder Riley Greene with No. 5 pick in 2019 MLB Draft Monday, June 3 in Secaucus, N.J.

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An overview of the local players selected in the MLB 2020 project:

Michigan OF hires Owen Caissie

Vitals: 6 feet 4 inches, 190 pounds.

Bats / throws: Left right.

Written: Second round (n ° 45 in total) at the San Diego Padres.

The buzz: From Notre Dame Catholic High School in Burlington, Ontario, the Caissie has raw power on the left side of the plate with the perfect framework for development. He usually plays on the central court but could be better suited for a place in the corner. He made a commitment to play for the Wolverines on September 13, 2019, but this selection could change things.

Michigan P Jeff Criswell

Jeff Criswell of Michigan throws a UCLA batter in the ninth inning of a super regional game at the NCAA University Baseball Tournament in Los Angeles on Friday, June 7, 2019. Michigan won 3-2. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press)

Vitals: 6-4, 225.

Age: 21.

Bats / throws: Right / right.

Written: Second round (# 58 overall) at Oakland Athletics.

The buzz: Criswell was chosen by the Detroit Three years ago, the Tigers were in the 37th round leaving Portage Central High, but instead played for Michigan. He threw 24 games and 32 1/3 innings – all as a reliever – in his first year before starting in 2019. He was 7-1, 2.72 ERA and 116 batting against 50 walks in 22 games (17 starts) and 106 innings while the Wolverines went to the College World Series. He started four games before this season’s cancellation. His command has improved every season but is sometimes worrying. Being able to launch as a starter or out of the lifter enclosure reassures athletics with this choice.

Former Howell HS, Clemson LHP Sam Weatherly

Vitals: 6-4, 205.

Age: 21.

Bats / throws: Left / left.

Written: Third round (# 81 overall) at the Colorado Rockies.

The buzz: Weatherly’s two best locations – a fastball can hit 96 mph and a nasty cursor – are the keys to its success. It also brings change to the table. He was drafted in round 27 by the Toronto Blue Jays of Howell High School, but went to play for Clemson. He comes from a sports family: his father, Mike, played baseball in central Michigan in the 1980s, his sister, Tess, played basketball in northern Michigan (2015-18) and his brother, Ty, is a right-handed ball pitcher. State.

Michigan OF Jordan Nwogu

Michigan designated hitter Jordan Nwogu prepares for the start of the game against Texas Tech against Texas Tech in the World College Series game on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo: Steven Branscombe USA TODAY Sports)

Vitals: 6-3, 235.

Age: 21.

Bats / throws: Right / right.

Written: Third round (# 88 overall) for the Chicago Cubs.

The buzz: Nwogu brings a rare combination of power and speed. During his three-year career, he reduced by 0.334 / 0.430 / 0.545 with 20 homers and 79 RBI in 125 games. He struck for striking out 96 times against 63 walks. Had 30 bases stolen and was only captured nine times. Nwogu has played 14 of his 15 games this season on central court, but should be treated as a left defensive player with the Cubs.

Central Michigan SS Zavier Warren

Zavier Warren of central Michigan, whom the Brewers selected with the 92nd draft pick, reached 0.369 with eight home runs, a program record of 23 doubles and 70 RBI in 2019. (Photo: Rick Osentoski, AP)

Vitals: 6-0, 190.

Age: 21.

Bats / throws: Switch / right.

Written: Third round (# 92 overall) at Milwaukee Brewers.

The buzz: From the Mid-American Conference, Warren is an intriguing choice in the third round. In 2019, he led the conference in base percentage (0.502), downhill (73), doubles (23) and running (54), while ranking second in hits (90) and RBI (70 ). His .369 batting average, eight home runs and .578 hitting percentage all made the top 10. He stole 17 goals in 18 attempts throughout his career. In the Cape Cod League last summer, he played third and cut .315 / .396 / .443 with three homers. Since Warren can play shortstop, wide receiver, third base and first base, the Brewers should have no problem finding a use for him in any way.

Jesse Franklin’s Michigan

Vitals: 6-1, 215.

Age: 21.

Bats / throws: Left / left.

Written: Third round (# 97 overall) at the Atlanta Braves.

The buzz: Franklin’s title was at its peak when he led the Michigan team in 2018 in three categories: homeruns (10), hits (0.588) and RBI (47). His number dropped in second year with a .262 batting average, 51 steps and 50 strikeouts, but he hit 13 homers. And it didn’t help that a broken collarbone kept him out of the already shortened 2020 season. If he is able to reach the performance of his 2018 season, he can find his way into the lineup of the big league.

Detroit Edison SS Werner Blakely

Vitals: 6-3, 180.

Age: 18.

Bats / throws: Left right.

Written: Fourth round (n ° 111 in total) at the Los Angeles Angels.

The buzz: If Blakely chooses to join the Angels rather than pursue his career at Auburn, he will be known as a risky choice with tons of potential. But it’s worth something when the Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, originally from Kalamazoo, takes note. He has the ability to strike for power in the pros, but he will have to catch up with the speed of the game as a batter and field player.

Michigan SS Jack Blomgren

Vitals: 5-10, 180.

Age: 21.

Bats / throws: Right / right.

Written: Fifth round (No. 140 in total) at the Colorado Rockies.

The buzz: Blomgren is the fourth Michigan player selected for the short project. He is a three-year-old starter who has won two important distinctions in the 2019 season: the All-Big Ten Second Team and the World College Series Tournament Team. He reduced by 276 / .399 / .357 with five circuits and 71 RBI in his career. During the summer leagues, he added experience at second and third. Blomgren is more developed in the field, but if his success with the bat catches up, there is a high ceiling.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.


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