ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Senior Jackson Glines from the University of Michigan is leading the Big Ten in batting average (.453) and on-base percentage (.549) and is second in hits (34). Nationally, his average and OBP both rank fourth. Now a consideration in Player of the Year discussion, Glines told College Baseball Central Thursday that he feels he has always had POY potential.
“I always felt like I could be that player,” Glines disclosed. “This year in the box, I am letting the ball get back more, and making a conscience effort to hit things the other way. In the long run though, whether I’m batting .250 or .550, I am in this for the team win.”
The first month-and-a-half of the season has seen Glines put up imposing stats on the board. Against Nebraska this past weekend, he was 6-for-13 at the dish, with a double, a triple, and one run scored.
For the season, Glines has recorded 11 multi-hit games and shot out of the gate with a 12-game hitting streak. On March 2 Glines was recognized by the league for his 8-for-13 performance during a four-game series against Siena, by receiving Big Ten Player of the Week.
“It’s fun playing in the Big Ten. It brings out the best in me,” the Coarsegold, Calif., native indicated. “I may not be a big rah-rah guy, but I will lead by example, even when we are losing.”
Glines was named the No. 76 Senior in Perfect Game’s preseason rankings, and finished off the 2014 season with All-Big Ten second team honors. The talented slugger headed the Wolverines and stood seventh in the Big Ten with a .332 batting average in 2014. His POW award was not his first; Glines also received the honor on March 10, 2014.
“Sometimes I am aggressive, sometimes I am a strategic hitter,” Glines pointed out. “I have to see what the other guy is going to do and make the adjustment. I pick and choose my spots and figure out when to have the different approach.”
Possessing a tremendous wheel house swing, Glines – you might recall – broke a bat during a Michigan-Iowa Big Ten tourney game last year. I said he broke a bat. This isn’t the MLB where it’s a common thing, this is the NCAA and they don’t use wood bats, they use metal bats. You can watch the video here.
Glines is a throwback to the old-school ballplayers, a tough out at the plate that plays the game full speed, and leaves the other team and their fans wishing he played for them with his lion-hearted style of baseball.