NASHVILLE - The Lipscomb baseball program and head coach Jeff Forehand have announced the addition of three transfers who will join the Purple and Gold on the diamond starting next season.
Coming from the programs of the Central College of Florida, Fort Scott Community College and Kent State, the three newcomers include: Caleb Williams, Robbie Merced and Tyler Drabick.
A breakdown of the newest Bisons is listed below.
Caleb Williams/ 6-2 / 211 lbs / LHP / Nokomis, Fla. (College of Central Florida)
- Spent two years at High Point University before making his way to the College of Central Florida
- Appeared in 10 games as a relief pitcher during the 2020 season for the Patriots
- Over 25.2 innings of work he compiled a 4-1 record with a 3.86 ERA, 31 strikeouts and one save
- Attended Venice High School and played under head coach Craig Faulkner
- All-State and All-Region selection in 2017
- Son of Margie and Peter Williams
- Has two brothers, Josh and Aaron
- Great Grandfather played professional baseball with the New York Knickerbockers and his father ran track at Baptist College (now known as Charleston Southern University)
- Nationally ranked in the video game, "MLB The Show"
- Plans to major in Business Administration
Robbie Merced/ 6-2 / 180 lbs / INF / Springfield, Mo. (Fort Scott CC)
- Started his collegiate career at Missouri State before making his way to Fort Scott Community College
- Played in 36 games for the Greyhounds during the 2020 season
- Hit .270 with 27 hits, 27 runs, 17 RBI and two home runs
- Recorded a .898 fielding percentage with 86 assists and 11 putouts
- Attended Kickapoo High School and played under head coach Jason Howser
- All-District selection in 2017
- Son of Shannon and Orlando Merced
- Has one brother, Orlando Jr, and two sisters, Natalie and Chloe
- His father played 13 seasons in the MLB for seven different organizations and his uncle played in the minor leagues in the Pirates organization.
- Plans to major in Criminal Justice
- Played three years at Kent State before making his way to the Music City
- His career numbers at Kent State include 30 appearances, 50.4 innings pitched, 46 strikeouts and five saves
- Won two Mid-American Conference Championships at Kent State
- Attended North Canton Hoover High School and played under head coach Jeff Hite
- Named First Team All-League, All-District, All-County, and All-State as a senior
- Son of Robin and Nick Drabick
- Has one sister, Makenna and one brother, Peyton
- His cousin, Brooke Brenner, was a member of the Lipscomb women's soccer team from 2015-18.
- His uncle, Jim Barton, pitched at Akron and played professionally in the Chicago White Sox organization
- Plans to major in Professional Studies