June 11, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior outfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) of the University of Michigan baseball team will give up his senior season to sign a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds, head coach Rich Maloney announced this afternoon (Friday, June 11).
LaMarre was selected by the Reds in the second round with the 62nd overall pick in this week's (Mon-Wed., June 7-9) Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
LaMarre, who was not drafted out of high school, earned All-Big Ten first team laurels despite missing 18 games due to injury during his junior campaign. Despite the limited action, LaMarre posted a .419 average -- sixth best by a Wolverine all-time -- with five home runs and 40 runs batted in. Starting 35 games in the outfield, LaMarre slugged a team-leading .649 and had a .453 on-base percentage.
LaMarre hit 20 home runs and drove in 125 runs in 140 games while hitting .356. He was twice named the Bill Freehan award winner as the team's top hitter and was tabbed to the All-Big Ten Tournament team in 2010. LaMarre was also selected All-Big second team during his sophomore campaign.
LaMarre, the highest Wolverine draft pick since David Parrish (1998-2000) was chosen in the first round by the New York Yankees in 2000, will report to single-A Dayton tomorrow (Saturday, June 12).
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