Local Baseball Players getting some recognition:Myles Sowell(N.C. A&T), Carter Williams(N.C. Central), Devin Sweet(N.C. Central), D.J. Artis(Liberty University) and Randy Norris(WSSU)

With Myles Sowell(Dudley HS), Carter Williams(Northeast Guilford HS) and Devin Sweet(Southeast Guilford HS), it is all about the MLB Draft, for D.J. Artis(Southeast Guilford HS) he has been named NCAA Baseball DI All-American and Randy Norris(Dudley HS) was named NCAA DII position Player of the Year…..Carter Williams, also on the Collegiate Baseball News All-American team at first base…..(See all below)

Word on Myles Sowell from N.C. A&T could get some looks in Monday’s MLB Draft….from the BlackCollegeNines.com:/www.blackcollegenines.com

San Francisco Giants

The Giants are looking for an outfielder whose overall profile resembles that of current Giants center fielder Denard Span, according to reports. Scouts could consider North Carolina A&T’s Miles Sowell (6’2? 180), one of the better pure hitters in the MEAC. Sowell has a smooth swing and mature, all-fields approach this past season. Hit for more power this year, showing the upside of 6 doubles, 5 triples and was a .345 hitter. His record of success could get him in the late rounds.

Among the Top MLB Draft prospects from the Black College Nines web site include Carter Williams from Northeast Guilford High School and Devin Sweet, from Southeast Guilford High School…Both Williams and Sweet are from North Carolina Central University….
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

2017 Freshman All-American Team from Collegiate Baseball News:
First Basemen
Andrew Vaughn, California: A first team Pac-12 selection and named Freshman of The Year in the league, Vaughn hit .349 with 12 homers, 7 doubles and 50 RBI.
Rylan Thomas, Central Florida: Named Rookie Player of The Year in the American Athletic and a second team All-League pick, Thomas hit .304 with 14 homers, 11 doubles and 53 RBI.
Carter Williams, North Carolina Central: A second team MEAC selection, Williams hit .351 with 14 doubles, 2 homers, 26 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Vinnie Pasquantino, Old Dominion: Named to the All-Freshmen team in Conference USA, he hit .321 with 17 doubles, 5 homers and 38 RBI.
Spencer Brickhouse, East Carolina: Brickhouse hit .310 with 10 homers, 8 doubles and 28 RBI.
Spencer Horwitz, Radford: A second team Big South pick, Horwitz hit .317 with 8 homers, 11 doubles and 34 RBI.
Andre Lipcius, Tennessee: Named to the All-Freshmen SEC team, Lipcius hit .275 with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer, 26 RBI and 9 stolen bases.
Drew Mendoza, Florida St.: A member of the ACC All-Freshmen team, Mendoza hit .268 with 7 homers, 7 doubles and 28 RBI.
Gabe Matthews, Oregon: Matthews hit .282 with 7 doubles, 3 homers and 26 RBI in 177 at-bats for the Ducks.
Andrew Naismith, Jacksonville St.: A member of the Ohio Valley All-Freshmen team, Naismith hit .302 with 9 homers, 4 doubles and 29 RBI.

from the Liberty University baseball web site:
Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis has been named to the 2017 Baseball America All-America team. The squad was announced earlier, today.
Artis, who was selected to the third team, becomes the third Liberty player named to a postseason NCAA Division I All-America team in program history. Ryan Seiz became the first Liberty player to be selected to a postseason Division I All-America squad in 2014 and pitcher Jared Lyons was named an All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2015.

The sophomore outfielder also becomes the seventh player in program history to be named a postseason All-American.

The 2017 Big South Player of the Year, Artis, who also earned all-conference first team honors for the second consecutive season, finished his 2017 season second in the nation with a .532 on base percentage and as the national leader in walks with 62. Artis’ base on balls total eclipsed his own single-season program record of 52 walks, which he set last season. In addition, the sophomore lead the Big South Conference with a .359 batting average and 58 runs scored, while finishing second with 23 stolen bases.

Artis, who patrolled center field for the Flames, completed 2017 among the conference leaders in hits (ninth – 65), RBI (ninth – 45) and slugging percentage (third – .552). He collected 13 doubles, two triples and six home runs.

The Greensboro, N.C., native was named the Big South Player of the Week three times in 2017. He was tabbed the league’s Player of the Week for March 20, April 24 and May 1. Artis finished the year with tied for the team-lead with 19 multi-hit games, nine of which were three-hit contests and had 11 multiple RBI games.

*****Randy Norris(WSSU) was named the DII Position Player of the Year in the Fan’s voting at HeroSports.com:*****
FAN CHOICE: D2 Baseball Player of The Year (position players) (Poll Closed)
Randy Norris, Soph., OF — Winston-Salem 39.5% (1,302 votes)
J.D. Osborne, Sr., 3B/C — Tampa 35.44% (1,168 votes)
Michael Rothmund, Jr., 1B — Illinois-Springfield 18.63% (614 votes)
Zack Shannon, Jr., 1B — Delta State 3.16% (104 votes)
David Vinsky, Fr., OF — Northwood 2.06% (68 votes)

Other: 1.21% (40 votes)
Total Votes: 3,296