Jeff Criswell Pitching for Michigan Baseball

Jeff Criswell, Michigan (UM photo)

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Midwest Power Rankings: Preseason

Analysis

Each week of the 2020 season, through conference tournaments, we will be releasing our Midwest Power Rankings. All D1 programs located in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota are eligible for the list. In addition to our rankings, we’ll include each week a list of upcoming series/games to which we’ll be paying particular attention. With action kicking off this weekend, we begin with our preseason rankings:

  1. Michigan (0-0; PR: 6). Fresh off of a NCAA championship appearance, the Wolverines open up 2020 as the team to beat in the Big Ten and the top team in the Midwest. Pitching will once again be a big strength, with junior RHP Jeff Criswell and his mid-90s fastball handling Friday night duties and RS-sophomore Ben Dragani back from injury and lined-up for Saturdays. Standout RS-freshman Steven Hajjar could work his way into the weekend mix, as well, and can also reach the mid 90s with his heater. Michigan opens up the season in Arizona with games against #2 Vanderbilt, Cal Poly and #9 Arizona State.

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