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Bahamian Jervis ‘Champ’ Stuart drafted into the major leagues

Published: Jun 10, 2013

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Another Bahamian has been drafted into the big leagues, as Bimini native Jervis ‘Champ’ Stuart achieved the honor this past weekend.

Stuart became the first Bahamian to be drafted within the first nine rounds of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft as he was taken with the number 176 pick in the sixth round by the New York Mets this past weekend. Stuart, a center fielder from Brevard College in North Carolina, is being described as a pretty unique player. The 5’11” 175-pounder is being regarded as a player who is still learning the game and considered a work in progress, but one who has some raw tools that will help him continue to develop in the pros. He generates good bat speed, has surprising power and is very fast around the bases.

Stuart played three sports at Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, before heading to Brevard, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II school which is not normally a beacon for professional scouts, but the Mets took notice of Stuart.

Mets director of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous said Stuart is probably the fastest player in the draft, and would be one of the fastest players in the Mets' organization.

Stuart hit .300 for Brevard this past season, with five home runs and 13 RBIs. He finished with 39 stolen bases in 42 attempts. Stuart has a solid arm and can play right or center field, though he is being regarded as one who needs to improve his reads.

The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) congratulates Stuart on the remarkable accomplishment.

“Champ is another one of our up-and-coming stars. He is now Bimini’s great son,” said BBF Secretary General Theodore ‘Teddy’ Sweeting through a press release. “We also want to congratulate Bimini and Grand Bahama, members of the BBF, for the great job in nurturing and grooming Jervis for this journey. All of us in the baseball fraternity, we celebrate this momentous achievement by Champ and we celebrate this milestone accomplishment of our baseball programs.”

‘Champ’ Stuart is following in the footsteps of his father, Jervis ‘Double 0’ Stuart, who is a former professional baseball player. His mother is Cicely Stuart.

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