Nov. 11, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head baseball coach Rich Maloney announced today (Thursday, Nov. 10) the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
Joining the Wolverines for the 2011-12 season are RHP Mike Dolloff (Davison, Mich./Davison), OF Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield), RHP Ryan Gallagher (Boardman, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney), RHP Matthew Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) and LHP Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford).
"What we feel like in the class is that we have several arms that can help us early," Maloney stated. "That will bolster our pitching staff, which obviously is at the forefront. Then, I envision an outfield that has Patrick Biondi, Michael O'Neill and Will Drake in it, giving us three of the fastest outfielders in the country. That would be pretty special. We still anticipate to sign some more guys, but this gave us a good start and we're excited about the future of these young men."
Dolloff was an all-state selection his junior season at Davison High School in Davison, Mich. He hit .480 while playing infield and sported a 1.44 earned-run-average. Dolloff was an honorable mention All-American by Louisville Slugger and is a two time All-Big Nine Conference first team, all-region and all-district performer. He hit .471 as a sophomore and was named to the all-conference second team as a freshman at Davison.
Dolloff also was a standout in football, earning all-conference honors as a defensive back and kicker his senior season. He also was named to the Big Nine Conference All-Academic Team in 2009-10.
"Mike Dolloff is a highly competitive individual who throws in the upper 80s and has a good breaking ball, but above all of that is he is a fierce competitor," Maloney said. "He's played for the South Oakland A's, which is one of the premier teams in the state and has played as he as grown up through the different age levels in several big-time national games and has been the go-to guy in those games. We're excited to have Mike's competitive fire, his experience and we're looking forward to him making an early contribution to our program."
Drake was an All-Greater Miami Conference first team selection his junior season at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Ohio. The outfielder hit .391 on the season, had a .464 slugging percentage and a .442 on-base percentage for the Indians. Drake was named to the All-Butler County team by the Hamilton Journal-News and led the team in nine offensive categories, including stealing 17 bases in 2010.
"Will is a very speedy outfielder and we expect him to come in and make a contribution early," Maloney said. "The speed comes to play every day. He runs a 6.4 60 and there just isn't many guys out there like that. We're excited about his speed and his left-handed bat. Also, he is a competitive guy and a very confident young man who as he continues to get stronger, should have a nice upside to him."
Gallagher was named a Top Prospect by Perfect Game and an Under Armour Midwest Top Player after his junior season at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Gallagher also was named one of the top pitchers in the state of Ohio by ESPN Rise Magazine. He went 5-2 with 31 strikeouts while helping the Cardinals to a district runner-up finish in 2010. He was a combined 8-1 his first two seasons for Cardinal Mooney and also was a Perfect Game Top Prospect his sophomore season.
Gallagher was named to the NABF All-Regional team during the summer of 2009 and pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals scout team this fall. He has been on the honor roll every year at Cardinal Mooney and is a member of the National Honor Society.
"Ryan Gallagher is a hard-throwing right hander who really fits our profile of guys we've had success with," said Maloney. "He can still gain 15 or 20 pounds. He's 6-4 and his arm really works well. With some seasoning he has a chance to be a special pitcher for us. He also is an outstanding student and we're really excited about his future."
Ogden has been a three-year letterwinner as a pitcher at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo. He earned first team All-Centennial League and all-city honors for the Buffaloes in 2009 and was a second team All-City honoree in 2010.
"Matt also has a nice upside," said Maloney. "He is 6-3 and 190 pounds and could probably gain about 15 pounds of muscle before it's all said and done. He has an upper 80s fastball with a nice out pitch. He also is a competitive young man and we're excited about Matt's future and think he could have an immediate impact in our program."
Szkutnik went 11-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched his junior season at Temperance High School in Bedford, Mich. He helped the Kicking Mules to a 35-5 record while pitching two no-hitters and a perfect game in the process. Szkutnik was named to the All-South Eastern Conference team along with the all-county, all-district and all-region squads. He had a 5-0 record with a 1.62 ERA his sophomore season and debuted as a freshman with a no-hitter, going 3-2 on the season.
Szkutnik is a Bedford Scholar-Athlete and is vice president of the school's business organization.
"Trent is a left-handed pitcher who is crafty and will continue to progress as he gets stronger," said the head coach. "He has a good breaking ball and also is a very competitive individual whose better days are ahead of him. He feels a need of ours of adding a left-handed pitcher to our staff and someone who we think can come in right away and pitch. We're excited to have him in our program.
"We wanted to add speed, which Will brings. We wanted to add a left-handed pitcher and then we certainly wanted to add some guys with an upside, which the majority of the guys in the class are definite upside guys. That fits our criteria really well."
The Wolverines open the 2011 season at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, held Feb. 18-20 in Florida. Michigan opens the campaign on Feb. 18 against Louisville. Game time is at 4 p.m. at the Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
MICHIGAN BASEBALL 2011-12 SIGNING CLASS
|Name||Pos.||B-T||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)|
|Mike Dolloff||RHP||R-R||5-11||185||Davison, Mich. (Davison)|
|Will Drake||OF||L-R||6-1||165||Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield)|
|Ryan Gallagher||RHP||R-R||6-4||195||Boardman, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)|
|Matthew Ogden||RHP||R-R||6-3||195||Aurora, Colo. (Smoky Hill)|
|Trent Szkutnik||LHP||R-L||6-0||170||Temperance, Mich. (Bedford)|