After being extremely experienced and upper class heavy the past couple of seasons, contributed by the additional Covid year(s), Coppin State had a much-needed total overhaul of its roster. After returning practically the entire 2022 NCAA regional team last year, complacency and a lot of individual play set in which led to the baseball program not qualifying for the NEC postseason despite 21 wins.
With the mutual agreement to purge a large majority of 4th and 5th year players, it allowed the coaching staff to aggressively go out and secure one of the best recruiting classes ever. In doing so, Coppin State got younger and more talented in their overall roster depth. The spectacular 2023 recruiting class consists of 23 new players with half being experienced junior college and four year college transfers.
The fall offense was led by 4 year college transfers Daniel Moore and Ricky Jones, along with junior college all-region shortstop Kai Holm, infielder Victor Alongi, and potential preseason freshman of the year candidate catcher, Chris Marte, who batted nearly .500. These potential impact players will supplement returning lettermen outfielders Brody Black, Bryce Thompson, Anthony Divittorio, infielder Angel Colon, and catchers Noah Murciano and Sam Nieves.
The fall pitching was led by newcomers four-year college transfer RHP Aleksander Elges, junior college transfer and power RHP Reagan Rivera, who will potentially close for Head Coach Sherman Reed’s team, and freshman fireballer RHP Brandon Stephens who ended the fall session recording seven consecutive strikeouts. These impact newcomers will supplement returning veterans Nico Felber, John Neeld, Christian Pareja, Gio Canales, Liam McCallum, and Clay Thomas.