2020 HBCU Small School Division Baseball Preseason Overview

Albany State University 2019 Record: 32-20 .615 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No. 2

Albany State head coach Scott Hemmings is extremely excited about this year’s team and is looking forward to the spring season and opening day on January 31st. The Golden Rams open the 2020 season on the road against Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia on January 31 – February 1, 2020. Then play a 10 game home stand as they welcome Truett-McConnell for the home opening series Feb. 7-8. On the mound Albany State will be lead by returners Michael Reddick, Malik Barrington and Brock Rountree. RHP Jordan Griffin, a redshirt sophomore could see some starts along with utility/RHP Chasen Roulhac.

On the position player side, Chase Roulhac returns after starting most of the games last year. The Rams are hoping for big things from outfielders Gabriel McKenzie, Peter Setterich, catcher redshirt freshman Gavin Sloan, and infielder Tate Thompson. ASU lost Roman Oliu, so they will need some of the guys to step up and fill shoes and become contributors offensively, defensively and one the hill.

Biggest Strength:
Core of returning players

Biggest Weakness:
Finding that go to guy in the pen

Benedict College 2019 Record: 14-20 .412 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Benedict Tigers has 22 returners including last year’s national stolen base leader Bradon O’Connor and shortstop Chris Harper, a senior who had a solid season hitting over .340 with 25 stolen bases and a hefty on base percentage. Third baseman Anthony Johnson returns with a solid .350 bat. Returning on the mound are seniors Jacob Lagos and Brian Nevils, juniors Osvaldo Aquino, Christian Moore, Philip Torres, Fareed Mizelle and Jaylin Jennings along with sophomore Raul Vargas.

Benedict’s head coach Selwyn Young, besides adding base stealers, recruited pitching. Benedict has 20 pitchers for the 2020 season. JUCO and freshman recruits will see playing time this season for Coach Young’s team. Look for freshman catchers Chase Bridges, Arturo Ramos and infielder Reno Brock to see significant playing time

Biggest Strength:
Station to station base stealing

Biggest Weakness:
Addressing the young arms early

Claflin University 2019 Record: 25-17 .595 Conferences: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No. 5

Claflin University’s baseball program is excited for this upcoming 2020 season. Panthers baseball will compete in the Peach Belt Conference for baseball only. Returning to the lineup will be Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Small School Player of The Year Gerardric Dobbs. Also returnering are Tavion Towers, Justin Josey, Eric McElveen, Molik Brown, Rashad Frazier, Nicholas Johnson, Malik Sadler, Kyriq Woods, Malik James and Caleb Green. This year’s pitching staff has a mix of young players and transfers. Claflin will look to junior lefty Makai Holloway to lead the pitching staff.

The Panthers have added several transfers to its lineup this year. Several good freshmen will see some playing time during the 2020 season. Kyle Hawkins and Charles Jackson along with Kyle Hawkins, Corey Brown, Deccarrius Chapman, Daniel Lucas and Jah’kealen Walker should factor in to head coach James Randall lineup and make an immediate impact.

Biggest Strength:
Hitting and fielding

Biggest Weakness:
Mound presence

Edward Waters College 2019 Record: 27-36 .429 Conference: GCAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Received Votes

Edward Waters return 22 players from the 2019 season. The pitching staff is returning 10 quality arms including four starters and a strong bullpen according to head coach Reginald Johnson. EWC will be led by four-year starter Cayden Frankie at first base and transfer senior Marcus Judd at second and shortstop with Damani Thomas and Alfredo Torres back from injury. Key returners are infielder Arnaldo Ruiz, outfielder Keilin Washington, as well as pitchers Kamau Richardson and Noah Santiago.

Coach Johnson focused on getting bigger, faster and stronger. He has a crop of newcomers in Daniel Acosta, Joseph Mazzariello, Tyler Mills, William Valenti and catcher Ryan Dowling.

Biggest Strength:
Arms in starts and arms in the bull pen

Biggest Weakness:
Experience behind the plate

Florida Memorial University 2019 Record: 20-26 .435 Conference: FSC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Received Votes

The Lions did some heavy recruiting for the 2020 season. FMU should be a good hitting team with returners Axel Gomez, Jouseph Renovales, Yunior Sanchez, and Jacquel Perry, who led the team with 5 home runs last year and is expected to continue ripping the cover off of the baseball. Key additions are transfers James Spatafora and outfielder Gabriel Marinez, from perennial JUCO power Palm Beach Community College. Both players should have an immediate impact.

Pitching wise, Christian Rivera returns as the ace of the staff along with three-year starter Edgar Aparicio and incoming freshmen Nikko Marzialli from Italy. Transfers Kris Negron (from NCAA Division I Coppin State) and Samuel Briehn, from Lawson St Community College, will push for mound time. Florida Memorial added both depth and experience to its pitching staff, and has potential to be the surprise team in the SUN Conference.

Biggest Strength:
Solid recruiting class

Biggest Weakness:
Infield inconsistency

Harris-Stowe State University 2019 Record: 20-30 .400 Conference: AMC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

During fall ball workouts, because the NAIA has allowed countable games to be played in the fall that carry over into the regular season, the team went 6-2. The Hornets will have sophomores and juniors who will contribute this spring. Head coach CJ Bilbrey is excited about the team and hopes to improve on its 20 win season from 2019. Harris-Stowe will start a veteran lineup this season who will have an opportunity to play a significant role this spring.

The core of Hornets baseball are the stout returners and transfers. Davie Pound (sophomore) 2019 Season: .277 average / 9 doubles / 7 home runs / 28 RBI 2019 Fall: .480 average / 4 doubles / 3 home runs / 13 RBI, DeDe Cole (junior) 2019 Season: .333 average / 7 doubles / 3 triples / 5 home runs / 25 RBI 2019 Fall: .333 average / 1 double / 4 RBI / 2-2 on stolen bases, Juan Griffin (junior) 2019 Season: 4-5 record / 73 innings pitched / 5.50 ERA / 45 strikeouts 2019 fall: 1-0 / 11 innings pitched / 1.64 ERA / 9 strikeouts and Tyler Cox (senior) 2019 Season: 4-5 record / 83 innings pitched /4.63 ERA / 33 strikeouts, 2019 Fall: 0-0 record / 7 innings pitched / 2.45 ERA / 7 strikeouts. Top transfers include Matt Janocik (senior) 2019 Season: (Lindenwood-Belleville) .331 average / 6 doubles / 6 home runs/ 41 RBI 2019 Fall: .375 average / 2 doubles / 3 home runs / 13 RBI, Arcentae Stone (junior) 2018 Season: (Maryville University) 4-1 record / 53 innings pitched / 4.92 ERA / 42 strikeouts 2019 Fall: 2-0 record / 12 innings pitched / 3.00 ERA / 13 strikeouts and Antonio Dominguez (junior) 2019 Season (Carl Sandburg JC) .276 average / 3 doubles / 1 homerun / 8 RBI 2019 Fall: .571 average / 1 double / 1 triple / 1 homerun / 4 RBI. There is indication that by the end of the season Harris-Stowe could sit atop or near the conference standings.

Biggest Strength:
Can hit a ton

Biggest Weakness:
Pitching to protect leads

Jarvis Christian College 2019 Record: 35-25 .583 Conference: RRAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No. 3

Jarvis Christian has the makeup to return to the NAIA National Tournament for a second year in a row in 2020. Head coach Michael Holochuck and the Jarvis Christian baseball program are excited about the spring. Jarvis Christian has a good core group of returning players, also a good mixture of JUCO transfers with potential and its best freshman class in eight years. Early predictions indicate an athletic team with what looks to be a very offensive minded ball club.

Top returnees are Kevin Ciprian, Chandler Matthews and LHP Anthony Orta (last season on the hill, 5-7, 104 innings pitched with 126 strikeouts). Also included in this group is RHP Phillip Griego (last year 8-1, 2 saves, 2.84 earned run average as a junior who was leading the country in wins before his season was cut short by injury). Griego has the potential to be one of our best arms, as does Phillip Jones who will look to factor in on the weekend rotation or back end reliever. Coach Holochuck will also count on Eloy Puentes, Khalil Robinson and Kaine Smith, a station to station speedster. They will need pitching to perform well to compete in the rugged Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) and get back to the conference championship.

Biggest Strength:
Offensive lineup can hit

Biggest Weakness:
Will need pitching to jump start the season

Kentucky State University 2019 Record: 27-16 .628 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No. 4

Kentucky State begins the 2020 season with high hopes after finishing last season 27-16 (14-7 SIAC) for their first winning season since 1988. The strength of the Breds will the outstanding recruiting class of 17 players coming into program to go along with the returners who gained valuable experience last year. This is Coach Rob Henry‘s first top 10 recruiting class. He has freshman pitchers with plus arms who will help offset the loss of some very talented and experienced players who graduated last spring.

Henry recruited eight new pitchers for this year’s pitching staff. Guys coming in who will immediately contribute to Kentucky State success on the mound are junior college transfer Dashawn Hureskin (Lake Michigan CC), freshmen Noah Allen, Roman Blue, Kaleb Farkas, Garrett Jeffries, Lucas Schank and Damion Strong; along with transfer Johnathan Morris (Georgetown College). These pitchers give KSU the deepest staff they’ve had in a long time. Returners are Brady Bibbs (8-1, 4.50 ERA), Solomon Reed (3-2), Josh Graves (1-0) Dom Lawson (4-2 in 2018), De’Nayus Johnson (1-3) and Brandon Love. Offensively, the Thorobreds lost run production to graduation but the team has some big pieces returning and some new players coming in to carry the load according to Henry. The Thorobreds will be in the mix for the 2020 SIAC Championship.

Biggest Strength:
Strong returning top offensive producers

Biggest Weakness:
Find a closer to steal the SIAC

Lane College 2019 Record: 21-25 .457 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

The Lane baseball program was the surprised team in the SIAC in 2019 in Coach Patrick Barbour’s first season at the helm of Dragon baseball. Barbour figures to have a talented roster in 2020, returning all but one of its starters from last year’s team, including four All-Conference performers in Treviz Brown (SIAC 2nd team OF), Keishaun Clark (SIAC 2nd team SS), Melvin Crayton (SIAC 1st team 3B), and Chris O’Neal (SIAC 1st team 2B). Overall, this year will feature 15 seniors who look to continue the upward gains in the win column over their careers. Lane will have a stronger pitching staff than last year. The Dragons will be very balanced offensively and defensively this season. Offensively they should be able to hit. Defensively, they are working everyday to improve and to get better. The 2020 season will hinge upon how well pitching will hold up this season. If starters can pitch well, I think Lane will have a chance to compete for the SIAC Championship.

Heading into the 2020 season, the team as a whole has matured with a potentially very imposing pitching staff. In a conference where the top teams have demonstrated low team ERA, Lane looks to continue to make improvements in that area. They reduced their ERA by over 3 runs per game last season and will need to do that again to be among the top pitching teams. Excellent coaching leadership has led to more accountability and attention to detail both on and off the field. Lane will need a solid pitching staff and a mindset of winning, solid defense and getting timely hitting.  May surprise conference foes.

Biggest Strength:
Strong returning top offensive producers, young position players

Biggest Weakness:
Finding effective weekend and mid-week starters

LeMoyne Owen College 2019 Record: 5-19 .208 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

The Magicians return to the field this fall with Coach Patrick Newman‘s first recruiting class as head coach and possibly the biggest recruiting class in the history of LeMoyne-Owen College. Coach Newman was tagged as new head baseball coach at Lemoyne-Owen a few weeks before the start of the 2018-19 school year. With such a late start, Newman struggled to fill a roster having to rely on golf and basketball players. At the start of the 2018-19 season, there were only a few returning players, some of whom saw very limited field time and only won three games the previous season. Even with that and plagued with injuries, the Magicians managed to win more games this past season than the previous one. “We had a great core group of guys, but just lacked the depth to compete with many teams.” Newman explains, sometimes having only eleven guys to dress out for a 4-game series was a challenge.”

The 2019-20 baseball season will be a different story as LeMoyne-Owen adds over twenty new talented recruits to its roster. This is a testament to the work of the dedicated coaching staff of assistants, Johnny Rudd, Booney Clark, and recruitment coordinator, Kennard Clark. Newman also realizes LeMoyne-Owen’s athletic department has a great support system. He states “veteran coaches and the athletic support staff are always willing to lend a hand and give good sound advice. My job is not easy by a long shot; however, I have to say the athletic department, headed by Athletic Director, Clint Jackson, helps make it a little less difficult and an exciting place to work.” There is a bit of buzz and anticipation around the school, community, and city as it relates to the rejuvenated baseball program at the city’s only HBCU. When asked, what is the greatest expectation for the team this upcoming season, Newman replies with three words “TO BE GREAT!”

Biggest Strength:
Patrick Newman‘s first recruiting class as head coach

Biggest Weakness:
The unknowns

Lincoln University, PA 2019 Record: 2-39 .049 Conference: Independent BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

This season will be the Lincoln Lions second season in the East Coast Conference (ECC). Only two real recruits came in and Lincoln lost a lot. Josiah Lara, a middle infielder from Florida who went to the Carlos Beltran Academy last year is going to be a solid player and Alex Jones, an outfielder from Appoquinimink High School in Delaware, state champions last year, will also make an impact as a freshman.

This young team comprised mostly of freshman will be looking to look past a disappointing 2019 campaign and look ahead in to 2020 with new faces and a fresh start and improve the Lions depth giving Coach Anthony Pla some options throughout the year. This looks to be a huge step up in a tough conference and region.

Biggest Strength:
Two new incoming players

Biggest Weakness:
Pitching

Miles College 2019 Record: 26-23 .531 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No.7

Head coach Ty Roberts is anxious to see what 2020 brings to the Golden Bear baseball program. The Golden Bears are returning five starters, and two conference starting pitchers. Will Cantey (2019 SIAC Relief Pitcher of the year) looks to make the jump into the starting rotation. Miles was able to sign five junior college transfers who look to make a huge impact on the 2020 season.

Grey Humphries looks to set the pace for the junior college transfers. Grey played every day third base at Lawson State Community College and hit in the top of the order, roughly accumulating 200 at bats and batting a productive .277. Jacob Bisharat looks to anchor the third spot in the batting order and set the pace for the Golden Bear offense. After a SIAC Freshman of the Year campaign in 2018, and a First Team All- conference bid in 2019, Bisharat looks to take the next Step in 2020. Overall, Miles is excited for the upcoming year and expect to compete at a high level.

Biggest Strength:
Entire starters from last season returns

Biggest Weakness:
Can relief pitching hold the season

Paine College 2019 Record: 11-31 .262 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Head coach Kerby Marshall believes that the new guys will be the strength of this year’s team. The Lions are a bit more athletic this year, but they still have to get better, especially mound presence. Another one of their strengths this year will be to match-up better with teams once they have a better understanding of Marshall’s system because Paine has arms with freshmen and JUCO transfers. They will also be a bit more aggressive.

The Lions coaching staff focused on recruiting five pitchers who are true freshmen. The freshman pitchers are Dwayne Sanderson, Tanner Lescenac, Brody Perna, Hugo Vargas, and Orlando Carter. All will see opportunity on the mound. Returners are sophomore outfielder, Jaylan Davis, who led the team with 7 home runs and 23 stolen bases last season. Also, junior Anthony Ellis, the team MVP and 2019 All-SIAC selection will be leading the Lions squad this season. The keys for success this year will be for the Lions to gel quickly, get quality starts from weekend arms, and allow what should be a strong bullpen to win games late. Should be strong offensively.

Biggest Strength:
Influx of good freshman recruits

Biggest Weakness:
Can arms to hold up in 55 game schedule?

Savannah State University 2019 Record: 13-27 .325 Conference: GCAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

When Savannah State opens it’s 2020 season, the program will have dropped from Division I, left the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and begun Division II membership in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). That won’t stop or change head coach Carlton Hardy. The returning players will be challenged by a handful of transfers who are ready to play. A good mixture of speed and power will be throughout the lineup on a daily basis.

The Tigers currently have 15 arms with one returning starter. Coach Hardy is excited about the returning bullpen guys and incoming recruits to help solidify the staff. The Tigers have four guys who finished last year starting and they have come back to school ready for the challenge of the SIAC. A couple of incoming transfers will compete with the returning starters. Seven guys are competing for the three positions. Three returning players who saw significant playing time last year are being challenged by two transfers. Catching has been very competitive. It looks like SSU will have four signal callers they feel comfortable with behind the plate. New recruits will make a difference. Charles Lee, transfer from Louisburg Community College has really impressed as a left handed hitter and leadership behind the plate. Andrai Wright, Cuyahoga Community College brings a potent bat and lefty pitcher Ricky McCleod Jr, a transfer from Bryant Stratton Community College, is projected to be a weekend guy.

Biggest Strength:
Speed on the base path power at the plate

Biggest Weakness:
Relief pitching finding close early

Talladega College 2019 Record: 26-25 .510 Conference: GCAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No. 6

The Talladega College baseball program in 2020 has 12 seniors returning from last season’s NAIA National Tournament team. That was the third straight year the Tornados made the NAIA tournament. Twenty returners from last year include Wilkin Louis, Jorge Rodriguez, Alexis Ventura, Hamlet Flores, Emmanuel Amparo, David Padilla, and Demarcus Reid.  If we stay healthy we will have a really good year .

The Tornados added some JUCO transfers In Oracio De leon RHP Indians Hill CC, Gamaliel Echevarria LHP transfer from Frontier CC, Ricardo Blackman RHP Southeastern CC Iowa, and Brayan Carrelo INF Frontier CC. Head coach Marcos Dominguez recruited some really good freshman this year. Jan Rivera, a Catcher from Puerto Rico, Wander Tapia from the Domincan Republic and Marcos Romano a RHP from Boston,Massachusetts and Payton Graben LHP from Munfort HS. A team with a lot of talent that just needs to play hard and stay health to have a great season.

Biggest Strength:
Tough non conference schedule

Biggest Weakness:
Relief pitching from the bullpen in big games

Texas College 2019 Record: 25-32 .439 Conference: RRAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Received Votes

After losing a major portion of its offensive production from 2019, the Steers will look to capitalize on being a senior laden team. Seven seniors are projected in the opening day lineup as well as three projected starters on the mound. The 2020 team will pitch with the best of them and can still hit as well or even better than the previous two teams that batted around .310. The addition of Associate Head Coach Ty Wright, former minor league coach for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate Myrtle Beach for five seasons, and Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Player Development Oscar Espada will have these Steers putting a lot of pressure on opponents at the plate. Also, the 2020 Steers have a lot to play for at home opening up in their new ballpark on the north side at Woldert Park.

The Steers strengths will be returning five .300 plus hitters which are projected starters for 2020. Key returners outfielder Cameron Phelts .306 4 HR, 24 RBI, 33/41 stolen bags, 16 OF assists 2019 Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Elite first team recipient along with second baseman Carlos Collazo .360 batting average, 38 runs batted in, utility infielders Jayson Jimenez .341 B/A, Jonathan Riffle, .317 B/A, Kyle Smith 3 home runs, 30 runs driven home and starter RHP Michael Traylor 45 strikeouts, 6 pick offs in 2019. Along with this lineup comes top JUCO and freshmen recruits Austin Pritchard Huntington (Ind) 4 HR 25 RBI, Erick Nova ASA College (FL) 30 Ks, 20 IP, David Davilla Marshalltown CC 39 strikeouts and RHP Brad White St. Cloud Tech CC 46 Ks in 35.2 innings pitched. Texas College also welcomes some nice freshman pitchers to the roster. Nicolas Cabarcas Florida International Baseball Academy 2.18 ERA, 61 Ks, 41.1 IP and AJ Arellano 11-3 record, 2.19 ERA, 72.2 IP. The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) has Texas College projected No. 2 out of the five top teams in the conference. Team speed and putting pressure on their opponent on both offense and defense will direct the Steers in the right direction in 2019.

Biggest Strength:
This team can hit a ton

Biggest Weakness:
Besides Cameron Phelts base stealing, going station to station

Tuskegee University 2019 Record: 12-32 .300 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

One of HBCU baseball’s top recruiting classes for the 2020 season, Tuskegee will get a much needed boost for the season. Coach Reginald Hollins is excited to build the line-up around those student-athletes. The Golden Tigers are returning some key arms that have really improved from last season and position guys that will bring a spark to the line up. Returning Hunter Hudson, Savontae Williams and Darien Brown in the rotation really provides leadership for the Golden Tigers’ pitch staff. Hudson was 6-3 record last year. Savontae Williams will play a duel role in the bullpen and as a starter for Tuskegee along with Darien Brown out of the bullpen this year.

Returning position starters include senior Dominic Johnson, junior Corey Stallings, senior Ronald McGhee, and junior Tyari Albright.  They should provide a sense of stability to the line up. The program was able to bring in some key transfers that will produce right away in the lineup and some really strong freshmen that will push for major playing time. This years class has really given the team some competition to watch this spring in the SIAC and make a major improvement in the win column.

Biggest Strength:
Arms

Biggest Weakness:
Fielding

Virginia State University 2019 Record: 21-20 .512 Conference: Independent BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No. 9

The Trojans team is looking forward to a very successful 2020 season. The VSU roster is led by team’s MVP Kevin Russell. Returners are Kevin Russell, Aaron Harris, Darius Holeman, Jarren Norman, Carl Granderson, Cecil Henderson, Joshua Heigh, Joshua Minaya, Joshua Tayman, Delmarcus Talley, Tyquon Wilkins, Keyon Smith, Jacob, Andrew Riddick and Nicholas Woolfolk.

Top transfers include Miles Burton, Chase Moore and Travon Dawson. Newcomers include Bryce Haynes, Jordan McKenzie, and Treyvion Hall. Trojans are looking to add a few more to roster before the season starts. Pitching should give the Trojans a boost this season. Speed and offense should be the Trojans strengths. The team has overall depth, but must improve defensively.

Biggest Strength:
Adding depth on the mound

Biggest Weakness:
Fielding

West Virginia State University 2019 Record: 24-23 .511 Conference: MEC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: No. 10

Coming off a 24-23 season, the West Virginia State baseball team described 2019 as an underachieving season. The Yellow Jackets are ready to bounce back to prominence in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) in 2020. This fall, they where disciplined and owned up to the mistakes they made in the field. Fall ball saw huge improvements for the Yellow Jackets. Head coach Sean Loyd has prepared his players, with the program he has established. The Yellow Jackets once again play a very competitive non conference schedule.

The Yellow Jackets have experience in virtually all areas. Junior outfielder Andrew Stone had an excellent fall and will also be a fixture in the bullpen. Senior Matt Harrison a two way threat, Matt Kline his bat plays anywhere. Two transfer lefties, Daniel Brandon (Longwood) and Clark Reese (Prince George CC) have done an excellent job and will be excellent additions to WVSU pitching staff according to Loyd. The program made a commitment to get tougher and play fundamentally sound baseball. This has been a very important fall for the team having rededicated themselves to excellence. Loyd stated “we have a talented group.”

Biggest Strength:
Quality arms, return experience ballclub

Biggest Weakness:
Not sold on the pitching staff just yet

Wiley College 2019 Record: 19-28 .404 Conference: RRAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

The Wildcats are entering their sixth season under Kendrick Biggs. Wiley College is coming off a 19-27 season. It is projected to return 19 players from last season’s team, including starters Dominic Tezeno (JR/Orange, Texas), Luis Santiago (SR/Salinas, Puerto, Rico), Christian Biggs (SO/Tatum, Texas) and Manuel Torres (JR/Winter Haven, Florida). Starting pitchers Austin Rotramel (SR/Plano, Texas) and Noah Whitted (JR/Silsbee, Texas) are expected to return. Roman Sorrell (SO/Beaumont, Texas) who came out of the bullpen last season will likely join the rotation this season.

The Wildcats’ strengths will be experience and speed. The main weaknesses are depth and conditioning.

Biggest Strength:
Speed on the base path and in the oufield

Biggest Weakness:
Depth at all positions

The following schools did not file a report at the time of publishing…

Clark Atlanta University 2019 Record: 12-26 .316 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Morehouse College 2019 Record: 12-28 .300 Conference: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Morris College 2019 Record: 1-13 .071 Conference: Independent BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Stillman College 2019 Record: 13-30 .302 Conferences: SIAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Tougaloo College 2018 Record: 5-29 .147 Conference: GCAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Bluefield State College 2019 Record: 16-27 .372 Conference: ECAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Rust College 2019 Record: 6-25 .194 Conference: Independent BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

Huston-Tillotson University 2019 Record: 11-41 .212 Conference: RRAC BCN 2019 HBCU Baseball Final Poll: Unranked

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