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Mets take Stuart out of Brevard College

A native of the Bahamas, Champ Stuart played three sports at Christ School in Asheville, N.C., before heading to Brevard (N.C.) College. Brevard is a Division II school and off the beaten path for scouts, but the Mets took notice of Stuart.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Stuart is a special athlete who is still learning the game and has some raw tools. His swing is a work in progress, but he generates good bat speed. His tools profile best as a top-of-the-order hitter where his speed can play up.

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.

Tanous also said Stuart is a pretty unique player.

"Not your typical speed guy, whereas this guy has some size and some strength to him," Tanous said.

He hit .300 for Brevard this season, with five home runs and 13 RBIs. He showed some impressive speed on the basepaths, finishing with 39 stolen bases in 42 attempts.

Stuart has a solid arm and can play right or center field, though he needs to improve his reads.

Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for
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