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JSU 3B Jesus Santana named SWAC Preseason Baseball Player of the Year

BIRMINGHAM (SWAC.org) – Alabama State and Texas Southern have been selected by the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball coaches and Sports Information Directors to win the East and West Divisions for the 2016 season, the Conference office announced today. 

Alabama State’s Joseph Camacho and Chris Biocic were selected as Pitcher of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, while Jackson State’s Jesus Santana took home Player of the Year honors. All three were named to the 2016 Pre-Season All-SWAC First Team.

Alabama State topped the East Division with 63 points and 10 first-place votes. Jackson State finished second with 53 points while Alabama A&M came in third. Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State were selected to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

It is predicted to be close in the West Division again this year. Texas Southern collected 53 points and four first place votes, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff was close on their heels with 50 points and four first place votes. Southern tallied 47 points and five first-place votes to come in third as Grambling State and Prairie View A&M rounded out the division.

Pitcher of the Year - Joseph Camacho, Alabama State 
Camacho heads into the 2016 season after collecting his second consecutive SWAC Pitcher of the Year award and first-team All-SWAC honor in 2015. His 12-0 record with a 3.84 ERA in 13 starts for the Hornets was among the nation’s best, as he led the Alabama State squad to their second straight SWAC Eastern Division crown. Camacho struck out 74 hitters in 83.1 innings pitched, allowing 93 hits and only 41 runs (36 earned).

Defensive Player of the Year – Chris Biocic, Alabama State

Biocic, a 2015 All-SWAC selection, was in the top 10 in the Conference in batting average (.356), hits (62) and RBI (44). The catcher, behind the plate in 41 of his 46 appearances, was also 12-for-15 in stolen base attempts last season and tallied four games where he collected four RBI.

Player of the Year – Jesus Santana, Jackson State

Santana returns off of his Freshman of the Year and All-SWAC First Team season for the Tigers at the hot corner. In 2015, he was in the top 10 in the SWAC in five different categories including leading the way with 12 home runs. Santana collected 11 multi-RBI and 13 multi-hit games for Jackson State in 2015.

First Team

Second Team

1B – Collin Carroll, ALCN

1B – Gustavo Rios, ALST

2B – Yamil Pagan, ALST

2B – Larry Barraza, GRAM

3B – Jesus Santana, JKST *

3B – Horace Leblanc, TXSO

SS – Roberto Colon, UAPB

SS – Mark Watson, JKST

OF – Lamar Briggs, JKST

OF – Bryce Brown

OF - Cody Den Beste, PVAM

OF – Christopher Scroggins, TXSO

OF - Kendal Davis, JKST

OF – Jerimiah Figueroa, UAPB

C – Chris Biocic, ALST *

C – Jose Delatorre, SUBR

DH – Sam Campbell, JKST

DH – Chris Burns, UAPB

SP – Joseph Camacho, ALST *

SP - Hunter McIntosh, ALST

SP – Blake Estep, UAPB

SP – Vincent Anthonia, JKST

RP – Jevon Jacobs, JKST

RP – Harold Myles, SUBR


East Division

Points (first-place)

West Division

Points (first-place)

Alabama State

63 (10)

Texas Southern

53 (4)

Jackson State

53 (1)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

50 (4)

Alabama A&M

41 (1)


43 (5)

Alcorn State


Grambling State

35 (1)

Mississippi Valley State


Prairie View A&M


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