Brandon Rembert of Alcorn State hasn’t always been the caliber player that he is today. The team’s right fielder has taken some strides over his collegiate baseball career. He has always had the talent, but never really put it all together. That is until he reached Alcorn State University. Rembert has taken his game to new heights after arriving there.
Brandon Rembert was a pretty lightly recruited baseball player out of high school. The Booker T. Washington High grad didn’t field many offers, eventually signing to NAIA Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. He spent his entire freshman year there playing on the team’s junior varsity team. He then decided that is was in his best interest to move on from the program after his freshman year. Rembert stated, “I just thought it was the best move for me to transfer. I was just playing on the JV team, so I just felt like I should have been somewhere else.”
Rembert then ended up at Coastal Alabama for his sophomore year. He says, “Coastal Alabama was really one of my only JUCO offers after I left Faulkner. I was just thankful that coach Blevins game the opportunity to play on his team. He took a chance on offering me and I’m glad that he did.” Rembert had a minor injury in the fall of his sophomore season, partially tearing his UCL in his elbow. “The injury kind of happened over the summer, but it never got better and it carried into the fall.” Rembert got what was called a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection into his elbow to help heal the injury. “I think I was out for about 2 to 3 months after I got the injection in my elbow, so it wasn’t that long. The only thing is that I only had a short amount of time to prepare for the spring season.”
After rehabbing the injury as best as possible, Rembert was ready to play his spring season there. Rembert played 38 games there hitting for a .274 average to go along with 10 RBIs and 13 walks. He also collected 26 hits and scored 13 runs for the team. He saw time at all outfield positions during his time there. Defensively, he only committed one error through 38 games. He added 2 outfield assists to that total. “I had a decent year there at Coastal, but I felt like I could definitely do better offensively and was not really satisfied with season I had that year. I was really hungry to have a better offensive season the next year.” After his junior college career was up, Rembert then signed to Division 1 Alcorn State out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Rembert states, “coming into Alcorn I knew they had some outfield spots open, so I knew I had a chance to contribute to the team immediately. I had a pretty decent fall when I first got there and I knew I had a chance to possibly make an immediate impact.” Rembert did not only make an impact, but led the team in batting average and on base percentage during his junior year. He was also top 3 on the team in hits, walks, doubles, homeruns, and runs scored. He had 14-multi hit games that year and had a 12 game on base streak at one point that year. His .345 batting average was 8th in the conference that year and his on base percentage was top 5 in the conference. Rembert states, “I just found it that year at the plate. I got really hot at one point and just kind of rode that wave throughout the rest of the season.” At one point in the season he tallied 11 hits through a 4 game span.
Rembert’s stellar season was met with many preseason accolades preceding his 2020 season. He was named a Pre-Season All-Conference selection by Perfect Game and by the SWAC. He was also recognized by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as being a Top Player to Watch for the conference. He even was recognized by the publication Black College Nines, being named to the Pre-Season All-HBCU 2nd-team respectively. During his senior campaign, he only batted .255 with 1 homerun and 6 RBI’s, but it was in a small sample size, only playing 12 games. He managed to have a solid performance against a tough Ole Miss squad, going 3-5 in an extra inning loss. His season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rembert gained recognition by Black College Nines after the ending of his season being named a HBCU Player to Watch for the MLB Draft along with teammate Travaris Cole. Even though Rembert was not drafted this year, he is still hopeful and determined to hear his name called in the 2021 MLB Draft. He states, “I have one more year to prove to scouts that I belong in their respective organizations. I am still hopeful that I will hear my named called.” Rembert will be pursuing his masters this upcoming fall and will be playing his last collegiate baseball season in the spring. He is hoping for a breakout year that will skyrocket his stock and lead to hearing his named called in June.
Gloria Rhonheimer is originally from Newfoundland and now lives in waterloo. Her writing is more inspiring. She has written several articles, she obtained a B.A in English from Memorial University. She worked as a reporter for the A.T daily news before deciding to devote himself full-time to writing.