Former Brevard standout Champ Stuart in Asheville for SAL Playoffs

BREVARD, N.C. – Former Brevard outfielder Champ Stuart, a sixth-round selection of the New York Mets in the 2013 MLB Draft, will take the field with the Savannah Sand Gnats tonight in the South Atlantic League Playoffs in Asheville.

The Sand Gnats, who made the playoffs as the SAL’s Southern Division first half champions with a record of 44-22 in the first 66 games of the season, face the second half champion Asheville Tourists in a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to face the Hagerstown Suns or Greensboro Grasshoppers in the SAL Championship. Tonight’s game will be played at Asheville’s McCormick Field, with Game Two and the if-necessary third game taking place in Savannah, Georgia.

Stuart appeared in 81 games for the Sand Gnats this season, primarily at the center field position. He hit .256 on the year with three home runs, 28 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .341. He scored 50 times and was 29-of-33 on stolen base attempts.

Stuart had a standout career in his three years at Brevard, setting numerous records. His 55 stolen bases rank first all-time in Brevard history, and he was successful on 90.2 percent of his attempts. He ranks second all-time with 99 runs scored, 178 total bases, and 12 home runs. As a sophomore in 2012, Stuart was 12th nationally with a .421 batting average and finished with an eye-popping .497 on-base percentage.

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