Patrick Ilitch

#28 Patrick Ilitch

Pos. C
Ht. 6-0
Wt. 200
Yr. R-Fr.
Hometown Detroit, Mich.
High School (Prev. School) University Liggett (IMG)

2023: On April 28 at Missouri State, was inserted into the starting lineup less than an hour before game time due to an injury-related scratch and had just two career at-bats prior to the game. He delivered by smacking his first career home run, leveling the score at three in the bottom of the ninth after his team trailed 3-0 with two outs and nobody on base earlier in the inning… Appeared in 15 games and made 13 starts… Had nine hits, seven runs scored, six RBIs, two doubles and one home run… Posted a .205 batting average… Had his first career multi-hit game on May 19 vs. Illinois State… Earned Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors.

2022: Did not see game action in his first season on campus.

Prep: Four-year varsity letter winner… 2020 varsity team captain… 2020 all-state performer… Voted to Michigan High School All-Star Game 2020, academic all-state 2020 Michigan, All Catholic League Baseball 2019, All-Catholic League Academic 2019… Helped his team finish as the 2019 state runner-up… Starting catcher at IMC Academy in 2021… Batted .310 in the Legacy Michigan College Baseball League in 2021… Played travel ball for Little Caesars from 2013-2021, serving as the starting catcher while also playing outfield… Ranked 26th in the state of Michigan by Perfect Game… Contributed to his team’s state semifinal appearance in 2017… Finished high school with a 4.07 grade point average… Was his school’s student body president as a senior and class president as a sophomore and junior… Honors classes included Spanish, calculus and sciences… Carol Neuman Award for finishing in the top 10 percent of his class… National Spanish Merit Award… Also played two years of football and one year of tennis… Served a team captain in football in 2019.

Personal: Majoring in finance… Son of Atanas and Patricia… Has two brothers, Blake and Christian… Favorite hobbies are reading and spending time with friends… Interests include finance and sports psychology… Has been to Costa Rica and loves the Spanish language… Favorite food is chicken, movie is Sandlot, pro baseball team is the Detroit Tigers, MLB player is Miguel Cabrera, musical group is Luke Combs and TV show is Friday Night Lights.