Shawn Stuart bio
Player: Shawn Stuart
Jersey Number: 22
School: Long Beach State
Hometown: Turlock, Calif.
Height, Weight: 6-2, 195
Best Baseball Memory: First college win.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Getting drafted.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Chipper Jones, because he rakes.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My father. He taught me how to be responsible.
Favorite Food: Lasagna.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Off-field hobbies: Sleeping, golf, video games.
Favorite Movie or Book: “Good Will Hunting.”
One of the latest additions to the Grand Junction Rockies, Stuart was unheralded out of high school.
He has taken the small-town, learn-on-the-go route.
He’s from Denair High School in Turlock, Calif., population 68,549 as of the 2010 Census.
So, when he walked on at Merced (Calif.) Junior College, he was raw.
“I played baseball since Little League,” Stuart said, “so it just was a more advanced game because I came from a small town, and everyone was a lot bigger than me and stronger than me and had more knowledge of the game in certain situations than I could have imagined at that point.”
But he persisted. As a freshman at Merced, he was 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 appearances.
The next season, he went 8-3 with a 2.79 ERA and a team-high 79 strikeouts.
He earned a Division I scholarship and could claim that he was a Dirtbag. Long Beach State Dirtbag, that is.
Two months ago, he was named Big West Pitcher of the Week for the second time when, on April 1, he threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout at Cal Poly. It was the eighth one-hitter in school history.
He made 14 starts as a senior, finishing 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 32 walks.
He also earned a bachelor’s degree in history.
The secret to his success?
“I think it has a lot to do with luck,” he said. “I always was surrounded by real good people and think that’s the key in advancing in anything you do.”