PINE BLUFF, AR -- Brandon Little of Pine Bluff High School (AR), a right-handed pitcher/infielder has committed to play baseball this fall at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff during his announcement ceremony at Historic Taylor Field.
Little was a four-year starter, who was named all-state and all-conference for the Zebras.
Brandon batted .387 (24-62) with a home run, six doubles, 14 RBI's, 15 runs scored and 11 stolen bases his senior year.
He recorded three wins on the pitching mound, striking out 41 batters in 26.1 innings of work.
Pine Bluff High Head Coach Ryan Stinson said, "It's been a pleasure coaching Brandon these past four years. He's a fine young man and attribute to our team. I wish him only the best in the future."
Little will be playing for UAPB Head Coach Carlos James, who was a former Zebra himself and a teammate of Stinson's in high school, college and professional baseball.
"Coach James showed an interest in me from the beginning," said Little. "They have a very successful program that I grew up watching and wanted to become a part of, plus it was close to home."
Little continued, "I believe that it will be very fun and a great experience. Coach James is a good coach and I hope to learn even more than I already have."
UAPB Golden Lions Coach Carlos James, said. "He comes from a good baseball family. He's a good academic person and we hope that will translate from the classroom to the ballfield so he can help us early on to get some innings for us in relief and later on in his career hopefully to become a starter."
Little attended PRO-DAY Showcases and was on its' radar throughout his high school career.
"PRO-DAY was a great experience and it was a great way to make new friends and learn new things about the game," said Little. "If I was encouraging a future high-school prospect, I would highly recommend participating in PRO-DAY, that is one of the best ways to get recruited."
Jeff Gross, founder of PRO-DAY Baseball said, "I've known Brandon and his family for many years. Seeing his progress first-hand over the years, it was no doubt that he could play baseball at the next level after high school."
"Brandon had other offers and interest, but at the end of the day, he wanted to stay home and play for his hometown school," said Gross. "I wish him much success in baseball and also in life."
Little was named the first recipient of the John David Barfield Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the former 1983 PBHS state champion pitcher, that went on to pitch with the Texas Rangers, who passed away prior to the beginning of this season.
Brandon is the son of Randy and Toni Little of Pine Bluff.
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