Sophomore outfielder Jesse Franklin finished last season with a solid .327 average and 47 runs batted in.

Overall, expectations are high for Team 153, whose combination of youth and experience coupled with improved strength could be enough to send the team into a deep playoff run this spring.

“We’ve got our goals set as high you can set them, and in terms of how we’ve prepared and being around these guys every day, it feels like a championship team,” Bakich said. “Everything feels right in terms of what type of group this could be. It feels like a special group.”

Freshman slugger Jesse Franklin earned Freshman All-American honors for his play this past season

Freshmen Jesse Franklin and Ben Dragani earned Freshman All-American honors after successful first campaigns with the Wolverines.

Junior center fielder Jonathan Engelmann signed with the Cleveland Indians after being drafted in the 31st round

Jonathan Engelmann was drafted in the 31st round in the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians and will forego his final year of eligibility at Michigan in pursuit of a major league career.

The Michigan baseball team faced many highs and lows throughout the 2018 season

The Daily reviews the Michigan baseball team's 2018 season.

Freshman slugger Jesse Franklin helped lay a strong foundation for the Michigan baseball team this season

After their season didn't end the way they wanted, Michigan's promising freshman class helped lay the foundation for a bright future.

Senior catcher Brock Keener was emotional in his post game press conference after playing his last game as a Wolverine

Falling to Ohio State 5-3 in the Big Ten Tournament, the Michigan baseball team likely ended its season, as it will fall short of an NCAA Tournament bid.

Senior Brock Keener, while playing third base, abandoned his base and allowed the winning run to reach third in the ninth

Now that it has been on both sides of walk-off hits, the Michigan baseball team faces elimination against Ohio State on Friday.

Junior left-hander William Tribucher closed out Michigan's walk-off loss to Purdue on Thursday

The Daily breaks down the monumental plays from the Michigan baseball team's walk-off loss to Purdue in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Senior right-hander Alec Rennard dealt 5.2 innings of scoreless relief as Michigan topped Iowa

After starting pitcher Tommy Henry went down, Michigan needed elite pitching and fast. Senior right-hander Alec Rennard then stepped up and delivered a performance for the ages.

Freshman first baseman Jesse Franklin hit his 10th home run and a walk-off sac fly against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament

Through stout defense and timely hitting, the Michigan baseball team prevailed over Iowa - a team it lost a series to just a month ago - and advanced in the Big Ten Tournament.