Formerly on Maizenbrew: Michigan Players Leaving 2008

Also posted on maizenbrew, the tables fit a lot better there.

Zach Putnam Adam Abraham
Zach Putnam,
Image from
MGOBLUE.COM
Adam Abraham, Image from
LEISA THOMPSON, THE ANN ARBOR NEWS

With one week left until first pitch, I’m going to start doing a little bit of a build up for the baseball team this week. Today I’m starting with the players that left the team last year. As we get closer, I’ll examine who’s returning this year and what we might expect as we move closer. I also have previews put together for the BigEast/Big10 Challenge, or at least the BigEast Challengers. I skipped Purdue for the time being, mainly because I just haven’t had time. Their sports information department was also very slow at getting information out on their website as well. They just finalized their schedule this month. So, to players lost (all stats pulled from Mgoblue.com):

Nate Recknagel Jason Christian
Nate Recknagel, Image from
LEISA THOMPSON, THE ANN ARBOR NEWS
Adam Abraham, Image from
BEN SIMON, MICHIGAN DAILY

Offense

Player POS AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG BB HBP Ks GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO Asst Err F%
Nate Recknagel 1B .368 58-58 209 56 77 9 1 23 68 157 .751 33 8 30 3 .465 4 0 5-6 443 45 10 .980
Adam Abraham 3B .352 60-60 233 44 82 14 3 7 54 123 .528 20 6 26 3 .415 1 1 2-5 36 112 15 .908
Jason Christian SS .330 50-48 194 56 64 13 6 7 48 110 .567 39 3 36 2 .445 2 2 16-18 83 113 13 .938
Zach Putnam DH .307 55-55 199 47 61 13 2 11 51 111 .558 28 5 29 3 .400 3 0 3-3 5 15 0 1.00
Derek VanBuskirk OF .294 60-60 221 53 65 10 1 10 44 107 .484 29 2 36 2 .381 0 4 11-12 107 2 1 .991
Jason Malefakis PH 1.00 1-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.00 0 0 0 0 1.00 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Leaving Totals .330 60 1056 256 349 59 13 58 265 608 .576 149 24 157 13 .413 10 7 37-44 674 287 39 .961
Team .315 60 2041 464 643 101 15 75 433 999 .489 252 55 339 26 .401 22 43 78-100 1507 592 73 .966

So that’s a lot of loss. We lose nearly 52% of all of our at-bats, 3/4 of our infield, 61% of our runs scored, and about 47% of our stolen bases. That’s awesome. [/sarcasm]. What the few many of us Michigan baseball fans must keep in mind this year is that last year’s team might have been the best team we have had in over a decade, and while we do recruit well for a northern mid-major, we are no Rice, Tennessee, or South Carolina. Michigan doesn’t just reload with extreme quality talent. Last year’s team had a large group of upperclassmen who had several years on the field. The group of five starters are probably the best leaving/graduating class Michigan has had since the CWS runs in the 80s. It’s never good to lose this many players. Luckily we are in a weak conference for baseball, so while these losses hurt, they aren’t going to kill us.

Derek VanBuskirk, Image from MGoBlue

Pitching

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SV IP H R ER BB Ks 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
Zach Putnam 2.58 9-0 12 12 1 0 76.2 62 29 22 23 78 10 1 4 278 .223 2 7 0 0 3
Michael Powers 2.60 6-4 28 1 0 8 62.1 62 18 18 20 62 9 1 1 225 .276 4 3 2 3 7
Sam Yashinsky 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 .250 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Abramham 4.76 0-0 5 0 0 1 5.2 8 3 3 3 5 1 0 0 25 .320 0 1 0 0 0
Leaving Totals: 2.65 15-4 46 13 1 9 145.2 133 50 43 46 146 20 2 5 532 .250 6 11 2 3 7
Team Totals: 4.19 46-14 60 60 6 16 502.1 469 274 234 237 444 74 9 33 1875 .250 42 57 7 20 44

The good news on the pitching front is we aren’t losing as many great stars. Last year’s pitching was held together by the two aces on the mound, one of which being Zach Putnam. Along with DH’ing for the team, Putnam was also arguably our second best starter in the league (behind returning Wolverine Chris Fetter). Putnam ranked in the top 10 of all 13 pitching categories tracked by the Big10 last year. Our year ending closer was Michael Powers. Powers finished the year one of the top closers in the nation and was nearly unhittable in post season play. What’s very worriesome for the upcoming year is the team ERA. The leaving players only allowed 2.65 earned runs per 9 innings while the rest of the team gave up 4.81.

Michael Powers, Image from churl
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