Ten HBCU Baseball “Large School” Players to Look Out For in 2022

Black College Nines (BCN) continues to access the HBCU baseball talent pool and the names you may not know, but could be top players in the making for the 2022 season. We begin by selecting the players who would provide the most value to their teams. 

Jose Figueroa RHP – Alabama A&M University Last season Figueroa, on the bump for the Bulldogs, went 4-4, started 8 games in 10 appearances, 1 complete game, 42.2 innings pitched, struck out 56 batters.



Brian Cordell OF – University of Maryland Eastern Shore Cordell did not play during the 2021 season as UMES did not participate in athletics last year. Before the pandemic he put up some really good numbers offensively and defensively. An HBCU 2020 outfield “No Fly Zone” member.


Blake Redman INF – Prairie View A&M University the Ohio State transfer has all the tools to start every game at shortstop for the Panthers.



Jared Weber OF – Florida A&M University Since his arrival at FAMU, he’s shown really good ability to hit higher level pitching consistently under head coach Jamey Shouppe. Five home runs, 32 runs batted in and 7 for 7 in the stolen base department.


Marcos Castillo OF – Coppin State University Castillo returns from a year absence due to an ACL injury. He had a monstrous fall, leading the team in slugging and home runs.



Brian Nicolas INF – Coppin State University JUCO transfer who has pro tools as 2B/SS with great defensive range, quick hand, glove, DP throw action, and can hit a ton.



Jatavious Melton OF – Jackson State University Stole 23 bases a season ago. Potential to lead the SWAC in runs scored in 2022. Scouting report says he’s a base stealing threat every time he gets on base.



Xavier Meachem RHP – North Carolina A&T University power arm up to 95 mph this fall with “put away” stuff. Coaching staff sees his continue growth and maturity. Will be an exciting arm to watch this spring.


Korey Singh DH – Norfolk State University Really found his swing last season which made significant jumps to his offense. Became a better hitter to go along with power. Had seven home runs and 28 runs batted in last season.


Trey Paige UTL – Delaware State University Returns to play his natural position where he was an integral piece in the lineup. Has power at the plate where coaches expect him to make continued strong contributions this season. Posted really good numbers last season. Batted .366, including 13 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and 32 runs batted in.


Honorable Mention:

Demarie’ Smith OF – Prairie View A&M University

Ty Hanchey Catcher – Florida A&M University

Jeremiah McCollum RHP – Florida A&M University

Brian Nicolas INF – Coppin State University (JUCU Transfer)

Jeremy Rivera LHP – Alabama State University

Ty Hill UTL – Jackson State University

Cameron Brantley OF – North Carolina A&T University

Isiah Valenzuela RHP – Mississippi Valley State University

Dionte Brown OF – Norfolk State University

Devontae Rhodes UTL – Jackson State University

Dreyland Holmes INF – Mississippi Valley State University

Trevor Berkemeyer – Alabama A&M University

Cole Bates RHP – Delaware State University

Christ Lewis INF – Alabama State University

Keylon Mack DH – Grambling State University

Darian Chapman INF – Mississippi Valley State University

Jose Salazar OF – Mississippi Valley State University

Ben Ybarra INF – Prairie View A&M University

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