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Big Ten Roundup, August 30

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The last week in Big Ten baseball news was headlined by the promotion of a pitching coach, pitchers standing out over the summer, and a former top Big Ten pitcher reaching the bigs.

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Summer League standouts

Indiana junior right-hander Brian Hobbie was named Prospect League Pitcher of the Year. IUHoosiers.com)

Indiana junior right-handed pitcher Brian Hobbie was named the Prospect League Pitcher of the Year. (Photo: IUHooisers.com)

The first team meeting of the year was held in Columbus as the Buckeyes look to repeat as NCAA Tournament participants, while over in Bloomington a new team of Hooisers took to the field for the first time.

Before digging into what storylines to follow during the fall practices seasons or who are the newcomers to watch as focus turns to the 2017 season, here’s a look at outstanding summers for a eight Big Ten players.

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What we learned…Part 2

All-American closer Dakota Mekkes powered a dominant Spartan bullpen (MSU Athletics)

All-American closer Dakota Mekkes powered a dominant Spartan bullpen (MSU Athletics)

After producing a conference-record five NCAA Tournament teams in 2015, the Big Ten saw three teams participate in the 64-team tournament, a slight step back but still a respectable showing. In a year where the three NCAA participants finished 1-2-3 in the standings after all outside of the coaches’ preseason top six poll, it was quite a year in the Big Ten.

To start taking a look back at the season that was, here is the second part of a series providing reflection on what we learned about each program, continuing with Maryland, Michigan and Michigan State.

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