Black College Nines Announces HBCU Baseball Posts Season Individual Awards

Fifty-two Historically Black College and University (HBCU) baseball players have been named to the 2017 Black College Nines’ Elite Teams along with selections for Player, Pitcher and Coach of the Year honors. We’ve added Freshmen of the Year honors for the outstanding newcomers that made an immediate impact to their respective teams. First and second team selections were made in both the Large School Division (made up of NCAA Division I schools) and Small School Division (made up of NCAA Divisions II and Division III schools as well both NAIA and Independent schools).

Selections were made based upon research and statistical information provided by coaching staffs and their sports information directors. Player, Pitcher and Coach of the Year awards were voted upon by Black College Nines staff and members of the national media.

The 2017 HBCU National Baseball Player, Pitcher, Freshmen and Coach of the Year: 

Large School Division 






Player of the Year – Marshawn Taylor (Grambling State University)

Pitcher of the Year – Devin Hemmerich (Norfolk State University)

Freshmen of the Year – Cage Cox (Alabama State University)

Coach of the Year – Ben Hall (North Carolina A&T University)

Small School Division





Player of the Year – David White Jr, (Benedict College)

Pitcher of the Year – Kyle Chavez (Talladega College)

Freshmen of the Year – Darrius England (Voorhees College)

Coach of the Year – Marcos Dominquez (Talladege College)

Special Service Award






Sports Information Director of the Year – Bryan Harvey (Bethune Cookmen University)

Sports Information Director of the Year – Romanda Noble-Watson (Claflin University)

Sports Information Director of the Year – Matthew Michalec (Norfolk State University)

The Darien Brown Story (Tuskegee University Baseball) – Aliyah Smith (ESPNU)

First Team

1B  Gustavo Rios  (Alabama State)
2B  Corey Joyce  (North Carolina Central)
3B  Ray Hernandez  (Alabama State)
SS  Marshawn Taylor (Grambling State)
OF  Aurbrey McCarty  (Florida A&M)
OF  Miles Sowell (North Carolina A&T)
OF  Willis McDaniel  (Florida A&M)
C    Adan Ordonez  (North Carolina A&T)
DH  Cage Cox (Alabama State)
P    Devin Hemmerich  (Norfolk State)
P    Miguel Yrigoyen  (Jackson State)
P    Anthony Maldonado  (Bethune Cookmen)
RP  Austin Bizzle  (Alabama State)

Second Team

1B   Danny Rodriguez  (Bethune-Cookman)
2B   Cornelius Copeland  (Jackson State)
3B   Jesus Santana  (Jackson State)
SS  Brandon Melendez  (North Carolina A&T)
OF  Olajide Oloruntimilehin  (Texas Southern)
OF  Cody De Beste  (Prairie View A&M)
OF  Tray Bell  (Grambling State)
C    Evan Regez  (Delaware State)
DH  Jamar Criss  (Coppin State)
P    Tyler Howe  (Alabama State)
P    Tyler Norris  (Bethune Cookmen)
P    Aurbrey McCarty  (Florida A&M)
RP  Ivan Coutinho  (Bethune Cookmen)

Small School Division 

First Team
1B   Carlos Andrade (Jarvis Christian College)
2B   Ivan Acuna (Winston Salem State)
3B   Darrius England (Voorhees College)
SS   Garrett Mack (Voorhees College)
OF   David White, Jr. (Benedict College)
OF   Jahleel Sewer (Virginia State)
OF   DeAndre McGuire (Jarvis Christian College)
C     David Markins (Virginia State)
DH  Greg Alexander  (Kentucky State)
P     Joseph Lyall (Jarvis Christian College)
P     Richard Edwards (Edward Waters College)
P     Kyle Chavez (Talladega College)
RP  Tyler Boles  (Harris-Stowe State)

Second Team

1B   Leobardo Saldivar Jr,  (Harris-Stowe State)
2B   Kevin Usselman  (Stillman College)
3B   Reeves Brashear  (Miles College)
SS   Jordan Pontious (Edward Waters College)
OF   Ryan Green  (Tuskegee University)
OF   Timothy Carter  (Saint Augustine’s)
OF   Gustavo Castellano  (Talladega College)
C     Dylan Yankle (Harris-Stowe State)
DH   Matthew Washington  (West Virginia State)
P     Austin Pate  (Miles College)
P     Robert Trojano (Benedict College)
P     Kanoa Hironaka  (Winston Salem State)
RP   Matt Burrows  (Jarvis Christian College)

To view 2017 stats of the All-Elite team, click here.

5 comments for “Black College Nines Announces HBCU Baseball Posts Season Individual Awards

  1. james
    May 24, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Are these players all Seniors? This list is based on being a senior or body of work ? Or different criteria ?

  2. james
    May 24, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    This list is missing some people. As i dont agree with it i think you didnt do a very good job of picking the right players based on their work on the field not because of classifications. The pitcher from Wssu Reeves and the Norris kid were left off. Why is that? Their numbers are better than the pitchers and the outfielders that you picked. Norris has more hits and the naia kid that has 53 bases norris has 47 . How can you miss those numbers? Reeves 10-3 record 1.91.era ,73 k’s 85 innings pitched. And he just 1 hit the top team in the nation in the regionals. Norris .354 ba. 85 hits. 63 runs scored, 47 stolen bases. wow. Either i am blind and cant read or you guys are lost on body of work and not just because??????. This list isnt a good list..

  3. May 25, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    CIAA has dropped baseball, continuing the trend of HBCU’s discontinuing the sport. Baseball should be the most revered sport at all HBCU institutions. Baseball, broke the color barrier.It was through that sport, the country came to realize, it was not the color of ones skin that mattered, rather it was a man’s ability, and charachter that defined him. Every HBCU, should have Baseball, and a uniform number 42, to honor Jackie Robinson who arguably,initiated the civil rights movement. Should generating revenue outweigh the meaning of what Baseball was to the struggle for equality. History, should matter, there are far more important things in life than dollars and cents. Shame on you CIAA , your decision is short sighted. Were it not for Baseball, the civil rights movement what have started years later.

  4. james
    May 26, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Mr. Stewart i agree with that 100% . It is about dollars and cents. They are giving raises to coaches and directors and can’t keep baseball. Last i checked the kids are generating the money but the kids fall short. Its sad that after all this time CIAA IS MORE WORRIED ABOUT FREAKING FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL AND THE MONEY THAT THE OTHER SPORTS FALL SHORT. Look at the HBCU schools in ALABAMA. MISSISSIPPI , LOUISIANA THEY HAVE BASEBALL.What a SHAME and again SHAME ON YOU CIAA. iF SOME KIDS WERE SMART THEY SHOULD TRANSFER. MY 2 CENTS.

  5. Hans Lassiter
    May 29, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    NCCU has 2 kids you left off the squad who are legit studs…
    RHP Devin Sweet
    OF/IF Carter Williams

    NCA&T RHP/Closer Cutter Dyals 90mph fb & CERTAIN 2017 draft choice.

    Don’t understand how you missed these kids.

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