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EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T baseball, which is coming off back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division Championship and a 2018 MEAC title, announced the addition of 14 players who will wear the Blue and Gold in 2020. One of the recruits – Marc Church (6-foot-2, 185, RHP/SS, Atlanta, Ga., North Atlanta High School) – decided to sign professionally with the Texas Rangers.   

On Wednesday, N.C. A&T head coach Ben Hall announced four transfers in Justin Rodriguez (6-3, 205, OF, Farmingdale, N.Y., Daytona State College), Timothy Davila (6-0, 195, RHP, Belmont, N.C., Catawba Valley Community College), Alex Bibb (6-3, 205, OF/1B, Elizabethtown, Ky., Walters State Community College) and Cole Parks (6-2, 215, RHP, Huntersville, N.C., Winston-Salem State University).

Ten freshmen will also join the team in Noah Lea (6-0, 170, OF, Greensboro, N.C., Dudley High School), Cameron Simmons (5-11, 170, Forest City, N.C., East Rutherford High School), Alex Reyna (5-9, 165, Fayetteville, N.C., Jack Britt High School), Alex Hall (6-2, 185, Mount Airy, N.C., Mount Airy High School), Justin O’Neal (5-9, 160, Madison, N.C., McMichael High School), Keith Taylor (6-0, 185, Jackson, Ga., Jackson High School), Pres Ostert (6-5, 185, Pinehurst, N.C., Pinecrest High School), CJ Hassell (5-9, 155, Charlotte, N.C., Cox Mill High School), Kyras Dawson (6-2, 170, Silver Springs, Md., St. John’s College Prep) and Ian Cawthorne (5-9, 160, Silver Springs, Md., Bishop McNamara High School).

Church would have been an incoming freshman.

Transfers
Rodriguez was voted on the first team All-Mid-Florida Conference as an outfielder as he batted .347 on the year with five doubles, five home runs and 27 RBI.  As a defender, he recorded 93 putouts with four assists and a 1.000 fielding percentage and was selected as an all-star to the 2018 FCSAA Fall JUCO Classic.

Davila went 4-2 with one save and recorded 38 strikeouts in 33.2 innings while leading Catawba Valley in appearances. Bibb’s career numbers at Walters State was a .320 batting average, .447 on-base percentage, .542 slugging percentage, 13 doubles and seven home runs.  Walters State finished tied for third in the NJCAA DI World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., and was a two-time Region VII Champions.

Parks was named to the 2019 NCCSIA College Division All-State Team and posted a 12-2 record with an ERA of 4.57 in 86.2 innings on the mound with 102 strikeouts and five complete games at nearby Winston-Salem State.  He also batted .385 with four doubles, two triples, six home runs and 34 RBI with 25 runs scored.  He was named to the Black College Nine’s Elite Team and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Region team.  The 104 strikeouts broke the single-season WSSU record.

Incoming Freshmen
Church is ranked 367th nationally, ranked 124th pitcher in the nation, ranked 35th player in the state of Georgia and ranked 17th pitcher in the state of Georgia by Perfect Game.  He was drafted in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball by the Texas Rangers. Lea is ranked in the top-1,000 nationally and ranked 11th outfielder in North Carolina by Perfect Game.  He was a three-time all-conference (2017-19) selection and a two-time All-Area Honorable Mention (2018-19).

Simmons was a four-year varsity player and was an all-conference member in 2019 and an All-County member in 2019. He led East Rutherford High School to the 2016 Class 2A state championship.

Reyna was a four-year varsity player and was a three-time first-team all-conference (2017-19) selection. He was named defensive player of the year three times (2017-19) and a first-team All-Region in 2018. He broke the all-time single-season hits record at Jack Britt HS. Hall is ranked in the top-1,000 nationally and ranked 39th pitcher in North Carolina by Perfect Game.

O’Neal is ranked in the top-1,000 nationally and ranked 30th shortstop in North Carolina by Perfect game. He was a four-year starter and was a three-time all-conference member (2017-19) and a three-time All-Area Honorable Mention (2017-19) honoree.

Taylor is ranked in the top-500 nationally and is the sixth-ranked third baseman in Georgia by Perfect Game.  He was a four-year varsity player and two-time first-team All-Region and two-time second-team All-Region.  He was voted the Most Outstanding Offensive Player and Team MVP in 2019.

Ostert is ranked in the top-1,000 nationally and the 28th-ranked pitcher in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game.  He is also ranked the 54th player in North Carolina and 23rd -ranked pitcher in North Carolina by Prep Baseball Report.  He was an all-conference member in 2019 and a two-time conference champion in high school.

Hassell is ranked in the top-1,000 nationally and ranked 16th outfielder in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game.  Ranked in the top-10 in the conference in batting average (eighth), home runs (third), slugging percentage (ninth), RBI (fourth), stolen bases (third) and outfield assists (first).

Dawson is ranked in the top-500 nationally, ranked 11th player in the state of Maryland and third outfielder in Maryland by Perfect Game.  He was the Rookie of the Year for St. John’s College Prep in 2018 and is a two-time second-team all-conference (2018-19) selection. He was named to the IMG Academy Classic All-Tournament Team in 2019 and is a two-time conference champion in 2018 and 2019. His high school finished ranked No. 13 in the nation in 2019.

Cawthorne was the conference player of the year in 2019 and was a Prep Baseball Report Maryland All-State player. He was named second-team All-Washington Post in 2019 and was the McNamara baseball team MVP.