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College | Story | 3/14/2019

College Notes: March 14

Mike Rooney        
Photo: Jordan Nwogu (Michigan Athletics)

Contributing: J.A. Cordts

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Player covered: Jordan Nwogu (Michigan), Jesse Franklin (Michigan), Blake Sabol (USC), Trevor Boone (Oklahoma State), Jimmy Glowenke (Dallas Baptist), Bryce Ball (Dallas Baptist), Burl Carraway (Dallas Baptist), Luke Bandy (Dallas Baptist), Spencer Henson (Oral Roberts), Isaac Coffey (Oral Roberts), Josh McMinn (Oral Roberts).

Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
The best way to describe Nwogu is that the upside has upside. Nwogu is a sculpted 6-foot-3, 235-pounds and he has broken virtually every Michigan baseball weightlifting record to boot. To complete the athletic profile, he is also a 6.5 runner in the 60-yard dash. It is no surprise that Nwogu had multiple scholarship offers to play linebacker at the Division I level.

Nwogu is a righthanded hitter and the swing is both unusual and alarming at first glance. He seems to complete his swing in separate pieces and it appears to work uphill. Most concerning is that his bat path is in and out of the strike zone very quickly. But there is more to the story. Michigan hits Nwogu third in a very capable order so this coaching staff clearly knows something. Upon further investigation, Nwogu’s setup is athletic and sturdy and he stays in his legs better than most college hitters. In these three looks, this allowed him to stay on breaking ball when it was up in the zone.  

One other concern would be his ability to catch up to a good fastball.  He answered that when he left Dodger Stadium just right of center field on a 92 mph fastball from Oklahoma State’s Logan Gragg. That home run was the only hit that Gragg surrendered in three innings of work and it instantly showed Nwogu's bat speed and overall power potential.

Nwogu struggled in the outfield but his athleticism merits patience on this side of the baseball. And despite some considerable rawness to his game, Nwogu is a career .342 hitter. The bottom line is that he is current performer with what feels like infinite upside. Mark us down for yes.

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