Forced to change up their format, Gopher Baseball got creative and saw significant growth during their fall season
Multiple Gophers will be playing in summer leagues this year while alumni are playing in the minor leagues or independent ball. Keep up to date with them with our weekly Summer Roundup.
The University of Minnesota will be placing 18 stuedent-athletes in summer leagues this year, setting an NCAA and Northwoods League record for most student-athletes placed in one program in back-to-back years.
Eli Wilson comes the Gophers after having a .394 batting average, .469 on-base percentage and a .563 slugging percentage his senior season at Garfield High School.
The University of Minnesota's 2016 recruiting class has been ranked 52nd out of 100 recruiting classes in the nation by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
2017 SUMMER BASEBALL Played for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League • appeared in 26 games during the season's first half • launched a home run, adding a double, driving in nine runs and scoring 10 on the year.
2017 | FRESHMAN Had a .319 batting average in 24 games and 12 starts • had one triple and drove in 11 RBIs • drew 12 walks and was hit by two pitches to put his on-base percentage at .468 • had a .991 fielding percentage after committing just one error and threw out five base runners. Game Highlights: Drew one walk in his collegiate debut at UC Irvine (2/19) • recorded his first career hit with a RBI single vs Seattle U (2/24) • was 2-3 with one walk and one RBI vs Seattle U (2/26) • smacked a RBI single vs Missouri State (3/10) • picked up a single at Sacramento State (3/18) • went 2-3 with two walks, two RBIs and scored two runs vs NDSU (4/4) • had three hits, including a triple, and three RBIs vs South Dakota State (4/18) • picked up three RBIs on one hit and one walk vs Georgia State (5/2) • had a sinlge and a walk vs No. 10 Long Beach State (5/14) • scored one run one one hit and a walk vs Iowa (5/27) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from Garfield High School in 2016 • earned letters in baseball and cross country • was named to the all-state all-star team in 2016 and the all-state third team his junior season • named all-conference twice • was named all-area by the Seattle Times • had a .394 batting average his senior season along with 17 RBIs and 14 stolen bases • had a .469 on-base percentage and a .563 slugging percentage his senior season • ended his prep career with a .306 batting average, 71 hits, 39 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 20 stolen bases • posted a .962 fielding percentage over his high school career • was a member of the Seattle Mariners scout team • was drafted in the 37th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
PERSONAL Majoring in kinesiology • son of Annie and Dan Wilson • has three siblings: Sofie (21), Josie (19) and Abe (14) • lists his first little league home run as his most memorable sports thrill • enjoys making ceramic pottery • his father, Dan, played baseball at the University of Minnesota and for the Seattle Mariners • born July 6, 1998.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Eight to Join Gophers in Spring 2019
11/17/2017 - Baseball
John Anderson has announced the signing of eight athletes to its incoming class, each signing National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period.
Former Gopher McIntosh Joins Cape Cod Hall of Fame
11/16/2017 - Baseball
This Saturday, former Major Leaguer and Gopher Baseball alumnus Tim McIntosh will be enshrined in the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame along with seven others at the Chatham Bars Inn.
Vavra Believes Back Issues are Behind Him
11/10/2017 - Baseball
Terrin Vavra is a year removed from a back injury that affected his training the last two seasons and is ready to lead the Gophers on and off the field.