The Transylvania Times -

By Randall Stewart
Sports Editor 

Former Tornado Champ Stuart Promoted After Hot Start To Season – Brevard NC


Champ Stuart, a sixth-round selection of the New York Mets in 2013 after playing three seasons at Brevard, has been promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the best start to a season in his four-year minor league career at High-A St. Lucie.

Stuart, an outfielder known as one of the speediest players in Minor League Baseball, was promoted last Thursday after hitting .265 with nine doubles, six triples, and six home runs, all career highs, in 71 games with St. Lucie.

He also slugged a personal-best .407 and set a career high in stolen base percentage (89.3 percent) with 25 steals in 28 attempts.

He made just one error in 158 chances for a .994 mark in the field.

In three games at the Double-A level, Stuart is 2-for-10 at the plate with a .333 on-base percentage. He was perfect on his only stolen base attempt and is errorless in four chances.

"Champ is the fastest player I've ever seen in my baseball career," said head coach Sean Walsh, who played professionally for six seasons before joining the Tornados' coaching staff in 2010. "Not only was he our best player but our hardest worker, always in the cages hitting extra or in the weight room. That really contributes to his success-I never saw anyone outwork him."

Stuart exploded onto the scene as a sophomore in 2012, earning a second team all-South Atlantic Conference selection despite leading in the league with a .419 batting average and .497 on-base percentage.

He earned his second all-conference nod in his final season with the Tornados, leading the league with 39 stolen bases and pacing the Tornados in batting average (.300), runs (47), home runs (5), on-base percentage (.444), slugging percentage (.479), and total bases (67). He holds 15 school records in the NCAA era.


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