Baseball Recruiting: Derek Dennis

Derek Dennis as taken by Phil Niekerk

Via The Grand Rapid Press, Michigan is close to signing Forest Hills shortstop Derek Dennis.  Dennis visited this last week, talked with Coach Maloney, Lloyd Carr, John Beilien, and Red Berenson to discuss the benefits of college.  The GRP makes it sound like if he’s not taken in the top 3 rounds, he will forgo signing and come to Michigan.  This may bode well, as if a team suspects he may not sign, he may get drafted even lower, increasing his odds of coming to Ann Arbor.

Shortstop isn’t a huge need as Toth still has two years of eligibility left, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Dennis started working into games as a freshman in the same fashion as Kevin Cislo.  The guy is currently the #6 SS out of high school (#9 overall SS) according to Baseball America.

Second related GRP article

Also, I’m a sucker for great photography of amatuer sports, so go check out more pictures like the on above at Phil’s Pics.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Other Chris says...

    Toth’s 16 errors o the year will stay with me for a while. More options at shortstop would not be a bad thing.

  2. Tim says...

    Dude lives in my neighborhood.

  3. tricks574 says...

    Good chance he doesn’t get picked there, I think with the pitching in this draft, position players will slip a lot this year. Gearing up for the draft tonight, I’m such a baseball nerd…

  4. Andrew @ EC says...

    Dennis goes in the 10th round to Tampa Bay, which has a pretty good track record of going over slot and signing guys who’ve fallen. We’ll see.

  5. Ben says...

    This kid is an old high school teammate of mine. He is one of my favorites people that I have ever played baseball with. Whatever he decides he should do quite well. He’s a great talent and a better person.

  6. Phil says...

    Thanks for posting my picture. Derek and all the Rangers were a lot of fun to follow and shoot this spring. Class act! Wonderful program.

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