Mets OF prospect Champ Stuart went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases Wednesday night for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League.
The 24-year-old Stuart hit .240 with a .314 OBP, eight home runs and 40 stolen bases between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton this past season.
"He rates at the top of the scouting scale [as a] runner," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo recently wrote of Stuart, who was born in the Bahamas. "A former multi-sport standout, the other part of his game are a bit raw, but he's not without tools. He's willing to work counts and draw walks, knowing his job is to get on base. He has some strength, unlike some pure speed guys, giving hope that there's some hitting ability to be unlocked."
Stuart, who was selected by the Mets in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft, did not rank on the organization's list of Top 30 prospects, according to a list published in July by MLB.com.
Obviously he praised his speed, but Paul DePodesta also often talked about Stuart's strength and ability to drive the ball for such a small, wirey kid. He also talked a lot about his athleticism and potential upside, but always made it sound like it would be difficult for Stuart to eventually get to the big leagues. We'll see... I didn't hear much about Stuart this past season, so he may be drifting off the radar. I like that he was sent to the AFL. It's a good opportunity to see what he can do against those pitchers, in that concentrated environment.