Brevard, N.C.- Brevard College outfielder Champ Stuart has been selected by the New York Mets in the 6th round (176th overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
“This is a really great day for Champ and for our program,” head coach Matt McCay said. “I'm so proud to have gotten the chance to coach Champ since he came to Brevard from the Christ School.”
Stuart was only the second Division II player selected in this year’s draft, and becomes the highest-drafted player in Brevard College history. Stuart follows former Brevard College draft picks Ray Gill (2005) and Jordan Hotchkiss (2007).
A native of the Bahamas, Stuart was a two-time All-SAC selection for the Tornados, and led the conference with 39 stolen bases this season. Stuart led the Tornados in hitting on the year, collecting a .300 batting average over 41 games.
The junior also led BC in runs scored (47), home runs (5), on-base percentage (.444), slugging percentage (.479) and total bases (67) in 2013.
Stuart was the South Atlantic Conference’s leading hitter as a sophomore in 2012, compiling a .419 average through 42 games.
“He has worked so hard on and off the field to be successful and getting drafted by the Mets is a great conclusion to his great career here,” McCay added. “They just gained a lot of Mets fans in Western North Carolina.”
Please click the link below to read a feature on Champ Stuart from the Citizen-Times by Tyler Norris Goode.