The DC Grays organization celebrated a great milestone recently, when the first group of DC Grays RBI high school baseball players committed to play baseball in college. These young men currently play for the DC Grays RBI 18u team, and have been on DC Grays RBI travel teams that have represented Washington, DC in regional RBI tournaments sponsored by Major League Baseball.
In 2016, DC Grays Baseball was approved by Major League Baseball to run the Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities (RBI) program for the District of Columbia. DC Grays RBI started that summer with one 15u baseball team, two softball teams (15u and 18u), and a small co-ed summer league for 9-12 year olds run by Ward 7 Baseball.

DC Grays RBI has grown dramatically since then, and now operates two summer baseball leagues (including Ward 7 Baseball – which has grown from four teams to five), two travel-level baseball teams, two travel-level softball teams, a full fall ball schedule for both baseball and softball, and a winter training program.
These ballplayers are the first DC Grays RBI participants to commit to play baseball in college:

James ‘JD’ Demmel
High School: West Potomac High School
Alexandria, VA
Positions: First Base, Pitcher
College Commitment: Prince Georges Community

 

 

Chandler Jordan
High School: KIPP College Preparatory
Washington, DC
Positions: Center Field, Middle Infield
College Commitment: North Carolina Wesleyan

 

 

Zachary Alston
High School: Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Upper Marlboro, MD
Positions: 1st and 3rd Base, Pitcher
College Commitment: Montgomery College

 

 

Jaden Pinkney
High School: Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Bowie, MD
Positions: Center Field, Catcher
College Commitment: Lancaster Bible College

 

 

Rick Archey
High School: Oxon Hill High School
Oxon Hill, MD
Positions: Middle Infield, Pitcher
College Commitment: Morgan State University

 

 

“These young men are high quality baseball players and even better teammates,” said Brad Burris, DC Grays RBI Head Coach and Director of Youth Baseball. “They exemplify the qualities we look for as student-athletes and representatives of the DC Grays RBI program. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”