June 11, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Four more Wolverines heard their names called in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Michigan junior Carmen Benedetti, senior Evan Hill, and juniors Jackson Lamb and Harrison Wenson were each selected on the third day of the draft, becoming the second, third, fourth and fifth U-M players chosen this year.
They joined Brett Adcock — who was selected with the 127th overall draft choice on Friday — to give Michigan its most players selected in the MLB Draft since 2010.
On Saturday, Benedetti, a left-handed pitcher, got things started by being selected in the 12th round with the No. 367 overall pick by the Houston Astros.
Hill, also a left-handed pitcher, then went in the 24th round with the 715th overall selection to the Detroit Tigers.
Later in the day Saturday, Lamb was selected No. 1,066 overall in the 35th round by the St. Louis Cardinals and Wenson was selected No. 1,185 overall in the 39th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
While Benedetti put up impressive offense numbers in his career at Michigan — including a .323 average and ranking third all-time for the Wolverines with 56 career doubles — thew Astros selected him as a pitcher.
In 34 career relief appearances, the Gross Point native allowed only 10 hits and a .106 batting average. He struck out 40 batters in 29.1 innings
Last season, Benedetti tossed 14.2 innings in 16 appearances and allowed four runs on six hits.
Hill, a Mt. Pleasant native, finished with a 19-16 record and a 3.73 ERA, and ranks fifth all-time in U-M history with a career 272.1 innings pitched. His 209 career strikeouts also ranks ninth all-time at Michigan, while his 19 victories are tied for 18th all-time.
During his senior campaign, Hill made 16 appearances with 12 starts, totaling 63.1 innings pitched and striking out 62 batters. The senior co-captain also picked up his second career save in a Big Ten Tournament win over Minnesota (May 26).
Lamb, who came to U-M from Temperance, Michigan, pitched in 19 career games as a Wolverine, posting a 1.50 ERA, while throwing 28 strikeouts in 24.0 innings. As a junior in 2016, the 6-foot-6 pitcher struck out 13 batters in 8.1 innings and allowed only one run.
Wenson was an All-Big Ten Third Team catcher selection last year and a former all-state selection as a prep standout at U of D Jesuit High School.
As a junior at Michigan, the Farmington Hills native started all 57 games and led the team with 56 RBIs and eight home runs. He batted .289 with a .491 slugging average.
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