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Michigan Tabbed Big Ten Baseball Favorite

Big Ten coaches select Wolverines to claim conference title for second-straight season


ROSEMONT, Ill. – Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2021 Big Ten Baseball Championship as selected by the conference coaches and announced on Thursday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Preseason Honors list.


The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Indiana in second place and No. 3 Ohio State

No. 4 Iowa, No. 5 Maryland and No. 6 Illinois.


Michigan enters the season as the top-ranked team in both the Midwest Region and Big Ten Conference, ranked No. 21 nationally by Baseball America. In last season’s shortened campaign, the Wolverines earned their No. 1 ranking by beating No. 1 Vanderbilt (4-3, Feb. 14) and No. 3 Arizona State (5-0, Feb. 15). Michigan became the first school from the Big Ten to earn Baseball America’s No. 1 ranking.


The 2021 Big Ten baseball season is set to begin Friday. The preseason poll, featuring the top six teams, and the complete Preseason Honors list can be found below.


Rank Team
1 Michigan
2 Indiana
3 Ohio State
4 Iowa
5 Maryland
6 Illinois



Branden Comia, SS, So., Illinois

Andrew Hoffmann, RHP, So., Illinois

Taylor Jackson, OF, Jr., Illinois

Cole Barr, 3B, Jr., Indiana

McCade Brown, RHP, So., Indiana

Grant Richardson, CF, So., Indiana

Austin Martin, C, Sr., Iowa

Ben Norman, OF, Sr., Iowa

Trenton Wallace, LHP/OF, Jr., Iowa

Randy Bednar, OF, Sr., Maryland

Sean Burke, RHP, So., Maryland

Maxwell Costes, 1B, Jr., Maryland

Steven Hajjar, LHP, So., Michigan

Jimmy Obertop, 1B/C, So., Michigan

Cameron Weston, RHP, So., Michigan

Mason Erla, RHP, Jr., Michigan State

Bryce Kelley, OF/LHP, Sr., Michigan State

Bailey Peterson, 2B, Sr., Michigan State

Sam Ireland, RHP/1B, So., Minnesota

Zach Raabe, 2B, Jr., Minnesota

Jack Wassel, 3B, Sr., Minnesota

Chance Hroch, RHP, Sr., Nebraska

Cade Povich, LHP, Jr., Nebraska

Spencer Schwellenbach, SS/RHP, Jr., Nebraska

Michael Doherty, RHP, Jr., Northwestern

Shawn Goosenberg, SS, Jr., Northwestern

Tyler Uberstine, RHP, Jr., Northwestern

TJ Brock, RHP, Jr., Ohio State

Garrett Burhenn, RHP, Jr., Ohio State

Seth Lonsway, LHP, Jr., Ohio State

Bailey Dees, RHP, Jr., Penn State

Gavin Homer, IF, Sr., Penn State

Tyler Shingledecker, LHP, So., Penn State

Skyler Hunter, OF, Sr., Purdue

Trent Johnson, RHP, Sr., Purdue

Ben Nisle, OF, Sr., Purdue

Danny DiGeorgio, SS, Sr., Rutgers

Harry Rutkowski, LHP, Jr., Rutgers

Richie Schiekofer, CF, Jr., Rutgers