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BIG TEN UPDATES
Here are some revised predictions for the Big Ten as conference play begins for some of the league.
Updated Regional Projections (3): Michigan, Illinois, Indiana
Updated Player of the Year: Matt Gorski, OF, Ohio State
Updated Pitcher of the Year: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan
Updated Freshman of the Year: Spencer Schwellenbach, SS, Nebraska
On the Right Track
Michigan (14-4) has met all expectations thus far, trampling its way through the first five weeks of the season with strong performances from its arms and bats alike. The staff has a combined 2.56 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over the first 18 games of the season and is holding opposition bats to a .193 average. The top MLB draft arm in the conference, junior LHP Tommy Henry (5-0, 0.51 ERA, 0.63 WHIP) has dazzled in 35 innings of work, striking out 49 while allowing just four walks and 18 hits.
Illinois (14-4) was on the cusp of earning a regional projection in our Big Ten Conference Preview and right now looks very much the part of a postseason threat. The Illini have received big-time contributions offensively from junior OF Zac Taylor (.400/.474/.760), redshirt freshman C/1B Kellen Sarver (.357/.463/.446), junior 2B/DH Michael Massey (.324/.397/.500) and senior 3B Grant Van Scoy (.333/.426/.385), helping the club to big series wins against Grand Canyon, Southern Illinois and Florida Atlantic.