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Michigan pitcher Brett Adcock, from Bay City Western, drafted by Astros in fourth round

June 10, 2016

From Bay City Western High School to the University of Michigan, Brett Adcock’s competitiveness has served him well.

Now the 6-foot, 230-pound left-handed pitcher will get an opportunity to turn it up another notch.

Adcock, a junior at U-M, was selected by the Houston Astros Friday afternoon in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He was the 127th overall draft choice.

The native of Kawkawlin is the Wolverines’ highest-drafted player since 2013, when outfielder Michael O’Neill was chosen in the third round by the New York Yankees.

Michigan has had at least one player taken in the MLB draft in each of the last four years.

“He’s really had a great story,” Bay City Western baseball coach Tim McDonald said about Adcock, who helped the Warriors seize the Division 1 baseball state championship and finish with an eye-popping 42-2 record in 2013. “He had a great high school career, which culminated in a state championship. Then he went to the college of his dreams and had a great career.

“Through it all, he’s kept working. These things don’t happen by accident.”

Adcock is the first Bay City Western player to be drafted since Matt Mieske in 1990. Mieske, a 1986 Bay City Western grad who is one of Adcock’s advisors, went on to play with the Milwaukee Brewers and now works as a player agent.

Bay City Western alums Jeff Braley and Bill St. Peter played minor-league ball.

“It’s a cool experience. My little brother’s graduation party is tomorrow. It’s a good weekend,” Adcock said per a tweet by Mark Berman, sports director for KRIV (Fox 26) in Houston.

Adcock appeared in 60 games in three seasons with the Wolverines. His 256 career strikeouts rank him fifth all-time at U-M, and his 24 career victories (24-13 record) ties him for sixth in the Wolverines’ record books. Adcock sported a career ERA of 3.09, which was the seventh-lowest in Michigan’s 150-year history.

During his junior season this spring, he posted a 7-5 record and 3.22 ERA in 14 starts with one complete game. Adcock struck out 100 and walked 62 in 78 1/3 innings. He allowed only 52 hits and a .190 opponent batting average.

“When I talked to his college coaches, they were very impressed with how competitive he is,” McDonald said. “He likes challenges, and he’s going to need that same mentality when he goes to the professional level.”

Lee Thompson of MLive Bay City Times contributed to this story.
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