Chicago Cubs’ prospect Dakota Mekkes had a heck of a July. In fact, it was about perfect for the former Jenison High School and Michigan State pitcher. As noted by Bleacher Nation, Mekkes, pitching for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in high Class A, did not give up a run in eight appearances. In 14 1/3 innings, he allowed eight hits, struck out 20 and walked four.
Michigan State baseball was recognized with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were honored with the award, which recognizes teams coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 academic year. In total, 221 programs were recognized with the 2016-17 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, including 70 high school programs and 60 teams from NCAA Division III.
Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr., announced that Zach Iverson will be joining MSU in the fall of 2017. Iverson is a utility player from Charlotte, North Carolina (Providence Day School).
Pitcher Alex Troop was selected by the Washington Nationals in the ninth round (No. 283 overall), outfielder Brandon Hughes was selected in the 16th round (pick number 495 overall) by the Chicago Cubs. Relief pitcher Nathan Witt was chosen in the 17th round (pick number 520 overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers, while fellow relief pitcher Joe Mockbee was tabbed in the 29th round (pick number 867 overall) by the Chicago White Sox. Relief pitcher Walter Borkovich signed a non-drafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Michigan State baseball’s Bryce Kelley was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American. Kelley becomes MSU’s eighth Freshman All-American and second under head coach Jake Boss Jr., joining second baseman Ryan Jones in 2010.
Nearly half of the members of the Spartan baseball team plus two of the incoming Spartans will be competing in summer baseball leagues around the country. A complete listing of MSU players competing in summer leagues along with links to the web pages and Twitter handles of their respective teams.
A team of MSU luminaries will gather at a unique fundraiser that unites the Spartan Nation in raising $1 million to fight Parkinson’s disease—or, as Kirk Gibson has nicknamed it, “Parky.” The Gibby & Friends vs. Parky pregame tailgate will be hosted in MSU’s Kellogg Center at 4:00 this Saturday, September 23, four hours before the Notre Dame football game that kicks off at 8:00 that evening. On that same day, Gibson will be on campus as MSU will honor his accomplishments by retiring his football jersey at halftime of the game.
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Michigan State baseball player Alex Troop was named to the 2017 Mideast ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Second Team. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee.
Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr., announced that Bailey Peterson will be joining the Spartans in the fall of 2017. Peterson is an infielder from Grandville, Michigan, coming to MSU from Kellogg Community College after playing at Grandville High School.
A day after one Michigan State baseball player was taken, three more Spartans were picked in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Two of them were underclassmen. Junior outfielder Brandon Hughes went to the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round with the 495th overall pick. And redshirt sophomore right-handed reliever Nathan Witt was picked in the 17th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 520th pick. The Chicago White Sox also drafted senior left-handed pitcher Joe Mockbee in the 29th round, 867th overall.
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Alex Troop saw his career — or, more accurately, careers, plural, collegiate and professional — flash before his eyes.It was March 11, 2016, and he was playing first base, which he often did when he wasn’t pitching, as the rare, quality two-way player.In a nonleague game against Butler, he set up to take a throw, but it was out of his reach, so he went diving for it.
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Unable to get a B1G Tournament invite they now move on to the off-season much too soon for anyone’s liking. Not only did they finish the year 29-23 with a 10-14 conference mark — MSU also lost the last game of the season to their rival Michigan on senior day.
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Alex Troop is a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award announced Wednesday by the College Baseball Foundation. Troop, a sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman is one of five finalists for the award. The Spartan is one of two players from the Big Ten Conference, joined by Nebraska’s Jake Meyers, along with two players from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Louisville’s Brendan McKay and Virginia’s Adam Haseley and one from the Big 12 Conference in West Virginia’s Braden Zarbnisky.
The Spartans season ended earlier than they would have liked. It was also earlier than what most people (myself included) predicted during the preseason.A lot of analysts had them finishing somewhere around 4-6 in the conference. Unfortunately, MSU ended ninth in the B1G and did not get an invite to the conference tournament.
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Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. announced the winners of the 2017 team awards on Thursday, May 25. Senior Dan Durkin and junior Brandon Hughes were voted as co-recipients of the John Kobs Most Valuable Player award.
Proctor is considered one of the top two 2017 prospects in the state, according to Prep Baseball Report. Heikkinen is No. 6. “He’s one of the better kids to come out of the area in quite a while,” MSU coach Jake Boss said of Proctor. “I don’t want to put unfair expectations on him, but at the same time, I think he is physically, mentally capable of coming in and playing a lot right away.”
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In his last regular season start, redshirt-sophomore pitcher Alex Troop led the MSU baseball team to a victory over in-state rival Michigan. It was a game for the ages, as he was later honored with the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award for his impressive performance.
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Five Michigan State baseball players earned All-Big Ten accolades, as the conference announced its league awards Tuesday. Second baseman Dan Durkin, center fielder Brandon Hughes, designated hitter Chad Roskelly and pitcher Alex Troop were all tabbed to the All-Big Ten second team list, while outfielder Bryce Kelley was named to the all-freshman team.
Alex Troop was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for last week’s performance, announced Monday by the conference office.
Michigan State baseball was dealt a heartbreaking, 2-1 10-inning loss to No. 15 Michigan Saturday afternoon on the Spartans’ Senior Day at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field.