Black College Nines Announces 2023 HBCU Baseball Small School Post Season Elites and Individual Awards

Twenty-Eight HBCU baseball players have been named to the Black College Nines’ Small School Elite teams for the 2023 season. Additional recognition is given to our Player, Pitcher, Freshman and Coach of the Year, as well as to Sports Information Directors and Service Awards. First and second team selections were made in the Small School Division (made up of NCAA Division II, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) baseball programs).

Selections were made based upon statistical information, mid-season reports including research provided by Black College Nines and both coaching staffs and their sports information directors. Player, pitcher and coach of the year awards were voted upon by Black College Nines and members of the national media.

The 2022 HBCU National Baseball Player, Pitcher, Freshmen and Coach of the Year: 






Player of the Year – Joseph Esparza (Kentucky State University)

Pitcher of the Year – Jeremiah Reddell (Albany State University)

Freshman of the Year – Hunter Justice (Paine College)

Coach of the Year – Scot Hemmings (Albany State University)

Special Service Award 






Sports Information Director of the Year – Andrew Glover (Wiley College)

Special Service to the Black College World Series – Cheyenne Striefler (Tyson Foods)

Special Service to HBCU Baseball – Cornelius Calhoun (Black College Championships/Minority Baseball Prospects)

Special Service Promoting HBCU Baseball – Bo Carter (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association)

Small School Division (NCAA Division II, NAIA and NCCAA)

First Team

INF Joseph Esparza (Kentucky State University)

INF Khalil Robinson (Rust College)

INF Tahir Meulens (Bluefield State University)

INF Hill Corley (Albany State University)

UTL Justin Murray (Benedict College)

OF Joseph Smith (Savannah State University)

OF Lavoisier Fisher (Albany State University)

OF Jordan Varela- Payne (Bluefield State University)

C Jalin Thomas (Rust College)

DH Wander Arias (Talladega College)

P Jeremiah Reddell (Albany State University)

P Enrico Peele (Savannah State University)

P Jose Franco (Talladega College)

RP Max Charnin (Florida Memorial University)

Second Team

INF Jose Santiago (Talladega College)

INF Luis Ruiz (Florida Memorial University)

INF Payton Shubert (Edward Waters University)

INF Jaden Greenidge (Lincoln University, PA)

UTL Trey Rutledge (Miles College)

OF Tyler Fitch (Dillard University)

OF Jhan Carlos Javier (Wiley College)

OF Conner Fizer (West Virginia State University)

C Angel Figueroa (Philander Smith University)

DH Stone Teague (Rust College)

P Jared Showalter (Savannah State University)

P Alexander Davila (Edward Waters University)

P Jorge Guerra (Dillard University)

RP Isaac Burciaga (Wiley College)

To view Black College Nines’ Large School All-Elites and individual awards, please go here.

1 comment for “Black College Nines Announces 2023 HBCU Baseball Small School Post Season Elites and Individual Awards

  1. We are so proud of these boys!!! Payton Shubert has worked so hard – his whole life revolves around baseball!!! Way to go Payton!!!!! We love you!!!

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