2017 HBCU Baseball MLB Pre-Draft Report

The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will commence this upcoming Monday, June 12, 2017 and run for 40 rounds finishing up on Wednesday, June 14th. The draft will be held in Secaucus, New Jersey. Last year, four Historically Black College and University (HBCU) baseball players were drafted.

Black College Nines highlights some of the anticipated top HBCU prospects in the 2017 draft class. Our five rising HBCU players already showing the potential to go in this year’s draft are…

Top Five For 2017

1 Devin Hemmerich, LHP, Norfolk State University

2 Miguel Yrigoyen, RHP, Jackson State University

3 Noah Dyals, RHP, North Carolina A&T University

4 Ray Hernandez, IF, Alabama State University

5 Kyle Chavez, RHP, Talladega College

The 2017 class has, at least at this point, a supply of prospects who have caught the attention of scouts.

Three hard-throwing hurlers and one crafty submarine pitcher top the HBCU list in Norfolk State southpaw Devin Hemmerich 6’1″ 190 pounds, Jackson State righty Miguel Yrigoyen 6’0″ 180 lbs, N.C. A&T right-hander Noah Dyals 5’11″ 200 lbs and Kyle Chavez 6’0″ 181 Ibs, RHP, Talladega College. Three are capable of sitting in the 90s with quality breaking pitches. Hemmerich throws hard has an assortment of pitches. Yrigoyen tops 91 with a wicked slider. Dyals has raw talent and a pitcher’s mentality who throws hard and better suited as a relief pitcher. Chavez side-arm deceptive slider and change-up has batters chasing balls out of the strike zone and his pitches have movement across the plate.

A number of talented all-around position players include Ray Hernandez IF (6’3″ 230 lbs), Alabama State University, Demetrius Sims SS (6’2″ 200 Ibs), Bethune Cookman University and Jesus Santana IF (6’3″ 215 Ibs), Jackson State University. The three are high-level athletes with raw talent at the plate who grade out in all tool areas by MLB standards with plus speed, power and arm strength.

These are the top HBCU Baseball prospects according to Black College Nines. MLB scouts have been active at HBCUs during the 2017 season. The 2017 Prospect Watch:

Alex Mauricio RHP/INF – Norfolk State University

Brandon Marsonek LHP – Alabama A&M University

Michael Parmentier RHP – Norfolk State University

Myles Sowell OF – North Carolina A&T University

Ricky Green IF – Tuskegee University

Austin Bizzle RHP – Alabama State University

Devin Repine RHP – University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Cody De Beste OF – Prairie View A&M University

Wallace Rios Jimenez INF – Alcorn State University

Daniel Barnett INF – Grambling State University

John Pope IF – Southern University

Ivan Acuna INF – Winston Salem State University

Robert Troiano RHP – Benedict College

Devin Sweet RHP – North Carolina Central University

Dylan Yankle 1B – Harris-Stowe State University

Ellington Hopkins INF – North Carolina State University

Ricky Rice RHP – St. Augustine’s University College

Miguel Beltre OF – Edward Waters College

Demetrius Sims SS – Bethune Cookman University

Austin Garcia OF – Bethune Cookman University

Chris Biocic C – Alabama State University

Cornelius Copeland INF – Jackson State University

David White Jr. OF – Benedict College

Conrad Kovalcik C – North Carolina Central University

Tyler Howe RHP – Alabama State University

Richard Edwards RHP – Edward Waters College

Carlos Andrade 1B – Jarvis Christian College

Darrien Williams RHP – Prairie View A&M University

Terence Berry RHP – Lincoln University

Carter Williams OF/INF – North Carolina Central University

Andrew McCoy OF – Benedict College

Brian Beard OF/INF – Norfolk State University

Michael Keels OF – St. Augustine’s University

Miguel Beltre OF – Edward Waters College

Austin Pate RHP – Miles College

Armando Valentin SS – Benedict College

Emmanuel Pantaleon LHP – Wiley College

Adan Ordonez INF/OF – North Carolina A&T University

Deandre McGuire OF – Jarvis Christian College

The 2017 MLB Draft begins at 7 pm ET on Monday, June 12, with Rounds 1 and 2. That includes the Competitive Balance Round A, which follows Round 1, and the Competitive Balance Round B after Round 2.

Day 2 of the draft starts at 1 pm on June 13 and will include Rounds 3 thru 10. The MLB Draft concludes on June 14 with Rounds 11-40, starting at noon.

You can watch the MLB Draft live on the MLB Network and MLB.com to see which HBCU player gets drafted in 2017.


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