Taking a look at San Antonio-area players in NCAA Division I baseball

Editor’s note: With college baseball starting this week, here is a list of athletes from the San Antonio area playing in NCAA Division I programs. I’ll be updating when new information comes to light. Major college players of note include TCU infielder Anthony Silva and two players at Texas, outfielder Porter Brown and infielder Jalin Flores. Both Silva and Brown made the preseason All-Big 12 team.


Ryan Beaird, junior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS
Ruger Riojas, sophomore right-handed pitcher from Wimberley HS
Ryan Ward, senior right-handed pitcher from Clemens HS
Barrett Johnson, freshman right-handed pitcher from Johnson HS
Whitt Joyce, freshman catcher from Medina Valley HS
Ryan Jester, freshman left-handed pitcher from Bracken Christian HS
Aiden Baumann, sophomore outfielder from New Braunfels HS

Texas State

Ryne Farber, freshman infielder from Johnson HS
August Ramirez, redshirt senior catcher from O’Connor HS, Cisco College
Colten Drake, redshirt junior left-handed pitcher from Kerrville Tivy, Blinn JC
Rashawn Galloway, sophomore catcher from Boerne HS
Tyler Garritano, freshman infielder from Boerne HS
DJ Burke, senior right-handed pitcher from Clark HS, Garden City, San Jacinto JC, Texas
Matthew Tippie, junior right-handed pitcher from Wimberley HS, Angelina College

Incarnate Word

Isaiah Zavala, graduate student right-handed pitcher from Southwest HS
EJ Garcia, sophomore right-handed pitcher from New Braunfels Canyon HS
AJ Herrera, freshman catcher from Central Catholic HS
Rey Mendoza, graduate student outfielder from Eagle Pass HS, University of Houston
Edward Mendoza, junior right-handed pitcher from Eagle Pass HS
Julio Riggs, graduate student infielder from Boerne HS


Porter Brown, redshirt senior outfielder from Reagan HS, TCU
Jalin Flores, sophomore infielder from Brandeis HS

Texas A&M

Zane Badmaev, redshirt senior right-handed pitcher from Boerne HS, Tarleton State


Anthony Silva, sophomore infielder from Clark HS
Luke Boyers, senior outfielder from Boerne Champion HS
Cohen Feser, junior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS
Mason Bixby, freshman right-handed pitcher from Johnson HS


Andrew Petrowski, redshirt junior right-handed pitcher from Clark HS, Garden City College, San Jacinto College
Jackson Elizondo, freshman left-handed pitcher from Smithson Valley HS

Kansas State

Preston Martinez, junior right-handed pitcher from Johnson HS, Dyersburg State College (Tenn.)


Kyte McDonald, graduate outfielder from Antonian College Prep, Mississippi State, Alvin CC and Wichita State.


Hunter Grimes, redshirt senior outfielder from Kerrville Tivy HS, UTSA and McLennan CC


Rocco Garza-Gongora, sophomore infielder/outfielder from Laredo Alexander HS
Will Carsten, senior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS, McLennan Community College


Clayton Chadwick, graduate student outfielder from La Vernia, Sam Houston State


Edward Hart, sophomore left-handed pitcher from Alamo Heights

Tarleton State

Jake Burcham, junior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS

Wichita State

Camden Johnson, freshman infielder from Boerne HS

Houston Christian

Jarek Wells, senior pitcher/outfielder from Smithson Valley HS and Midland College
Dylan LaRue, sophomore catcher from Blanco HS
Tyler LaRue, senior catcher from Blanco HS, Rice University and Grayson College
Lance Berkman, head coach, from New Braunfels Canyon

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Chance Reisdorph, junior catcher from New Braunfels Canyon HS
Cole Modgling, redshirt senior outfielder from Medina Valley, Northeast Texas CC
Evans Hendricks, senior left-handed pitcher from Navarro HS, and Temple Junior College
Zach Garcia, junior left-handed pitcher from New Braunfels HS
Alberto Santos IV, freshman right-handed pitcher from San Marcos HS
xScott Malone, head coach, former assistant coach at UTSA

UT-Rio Grande Valley

Matt Mendez, redshirt freshman infielder from Del Rio HS
Evan Janner, freshman outfielder from New Braunfels Canyon HS
Francisco Hernandez, redshirt junior right-handed pitcher from Laredo Alexander HS, San Jacinto College

Stephen F. Austin

Cal Martin, senior infielder from Reagan HS


Outfielder Kasen Wells, considered the top player in the San Antonio area in 2022 at Smithson Valley HS, is on the roster at Weatherford College after playing as a freshman last season at Texas A&M.

San Antonians to watch in the NCAA baseball tournament? UT’s Brown, TCU’s Silva

By Jerry Briggs
Special for The JB Replay

University of Texas redshirt junior Porter Brown from Reagan High School and TCU freshman Anthony Silva from Clark will headline the The JB Replay’s list of players to watch from the San Antonio area in the upcoming NCAA Baseball Championship.

The tournament opens at 16 locales on Friday, with Brown and the Longhorns playing as a No. 2 seed in the Coral Gables Regional, according to the NCAA bracket announced on Monday morning.

Brown, an outfielder, enters the tournament having been named a unanimous pick on the all-Big 12 first team.

Silva, a shortstop, was an all-Big 12 second-team selection and made the conference’s all-freshman team. Silva and the Horned Frogs will be the No. 2 seed in the Fayetteville Regional.

The top 16-rated teams in the NCAA tournament will host four-team regionals on the opening weekend starting Friday. In uncommon twist, the state of Texas will not host an opening-weekend regional.

The Dallas Baptist Patriots and the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Monday joined power-conference programs at TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in the field of the 64.

Dallas Baptist, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M are all No. 2 seeds in their first-weekend tests. Texas Tech and Sam Houston State are No. 3 seeds.

Among the schools that did not make the national tournament bracket were the UTSA Roadrunners, the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals and the Texas State Bobcats.

Coral Gables Regional

1) Miami; 2) Texas; 3) Louisiana; 4) Maine.

Friday’s tournament opener for the Longhorns: Texas vs. Louisiana, 1 p.m., Longhorn Network.

Eye on San Antonio-area talent at Texas: Porter Brown, outfield, Reagan; Jalin Flores, shortstop, Brandeis; Travis Sthele, RHP, Reagan; Sam Walbridge, LHP, Saint Mary’s Hall.

Fayetteville Regional

1) Arkansas; 2) TCU; 3) Arizona; 4) Santa Clara.

Friday’s tournament opener for the Horned Frogs: TCU vs. Arizona, 8 p.m., ESPNU.

Eye on San Antonio area talent at TCU: Anthony Silva, shortstop, Clark; Luke Boyers, outfield, Boerne Champion; Cohen Feser, RHP, Reagan.

Texas A&M
Stanford Regional

1) Stanford; 2) Texas A&M; 3) Cal State Fullerton; 4) San Jose State.

Friday’s tournament opener for the Aggies: Texas A&M vs. Cal State Fullerton, 9 p.m., ESPN2.

Eye on San Antonio area-talent at A&M: Jordan Thompson, outfield, Boerne Champion; Kasen Wells, outfielder, Smithson Valley; Nathan Dettmer, pitcher, Johnson.

Texas Tech
Gainesville Regional

1) Florida, 2) UConn, 3) Texas Tech, 4) Florida A&M.

Friday’s tournament opener for the Red Raiders: UConn vs. Texas Tech, noon, on ESPN+.

Eye on San Antonio-area talent at Texas Tech: Brandon Beckel, junior RHP from Antonian; Zac Vooletich, senior infielder from Brandeis

Dallas Baptist
Stillwater Regional

1) Oklahoma State, 2) Dallas Baptist, 3) Washington, 4) Oral Roberts.

Friday’s tournament opener for the Patriots: Dallas Baptist vs. Washington, noon.

Sam Houston State
Baton Rouge Regional

The teams: 1) LSU, 2) Oregon State, 3) Sam Houston State, 4) Tulane

Friday’s tournament opener for the Bearkats: Sam Houston vs. Oregon State, 7 p.m., ESPN+.


The top eight seeds in the tournament are Wake Forest (47-10), Florida (44-14), Arkansas (41-16), Clemson (43-17), LSU (43-15), Vanderbilt (41-18), Virginia (45-12) and Stanford (38-16).

The next eight include Miami, Fla., (40-19), Coastal Carolina (39-19), Oklahoma St. (41-18), Kentucky (36-18), Auburn (34-21-1), Indiana State (42-15), South Carolina (39-19) and Alabama (40-19).

Texas pitcher D.J. Burke has entered the transfer portal, according to a report from si.com.

Burke, a junior righthander from Clark, pitched 24 and 1/3 innings in 15 games for the Longhorns this season. He was 1-0 with a save and a 2.22 earned run average, but he hasn’t pitched since April 30 at TCU. He’s on the roster of the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League, a wooden-bat league for players with NCAA eligibility remaining.

A San Antonio-area player to watch for the Arkansas Razorbacks is Hunter Grimes, a redshirt junior from Kerrville who played in the 2019 season at UTSA. Dominic Tamez, a junior catcher from Johnson, plays for 16th-rated Alabama.

Should Texas win the Coral Gables Regional in Florida and should Texas A&M win the Stanford Regional in California, the two old rivals would meet the following weekend in the Super Regional round.