June 17, 2014
DETROIT, Mich. -- Junior Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) of the University of Michigan baseball team has signed a contract to play professionally with the Detroit Tigers organization. Szkutnik will forego his final year of eligibility with the Wolverines.
Szkutnik, who was picked by the Tigers in the 20th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, started 15 games for the Wolverines on the mound, ending 2014 with a 3.38 earned-run average and 57 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched. He has a season-high six strikeouts in five of those starts and went a career-high 8.2 innings pitched in a home start against Ohio State (May 9). He earned the win at Northwestern (May 3), striking out five in seven innings of work. Szkutnik pitched seven scoreless innings against Iowa (March 30) and allowed just one run in 6.2 innings against Nebraska (April 26). Szkutnik has seven career wins and 162 strikeouts in 195.1 innings pitched for U-M.
Szkutnik was one of 24 draftees the Tigers have signed, which includes Derek Hill, their first-round pick. Szkutnik currently is in Lakeland, Fla., and will be assigned to a team at the end of the week.
Michigan had Szkutnik and junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) picked in this year's draft. Bourque was a 14th-round pick by the Washington Nationals.
Contact: Kent Reichert