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05-29-2007, 01:23 PM
Saw this about a Mets prospect who is making a name for himself lately and thought you all might be interested in how a former Cat is doing.

Caleb Stewart competed for his high schools cross-country team in the third grade. So stepping up to the Eastern League maybe isnt that big a jump for the 22nd-round pick in 2004 from the University of Kentucky.

Stewart, who turns 25 on June 11, has a .341 average with seven homers and 30 RBI in 37 games for Double-A Binghamton. The outfielder was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the period ending last Sunday. Hes currently on a 16-game hitting streak, with five multi-hit games in the past week.

Stewarts average ranks third in the Eastern League, behind Readings Jesus Merchan (.378) and Joey Hammond (.342). His RBI total is fifth, eight behind leader Jeffrey Larish of Erie and one behind teammate Brett Harper for the B-Mets lead.

Stewart said his approach changed last year working with hitting coach Nelson Silverio at high-A St. Lucie. He focused on getting more disciplined at the plate, looking for pitches in certain zones until he got to two strikes rather than swinging indiscriminately at the offering no matter the location.

Up until two strikes you want to wait for your pitch to hit, Stewart said.

Stewart had an unreal number of homers last year in the pitching-rich Florida State League. He went deep 14 times in 243 at-bats. The light workload was the result of injury: Stewart missed seven weeks with a pulled hip flexor, played a week and a half, then pulled an oblique and missed another six weeks.

Stewart, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection while at Kentucky, ranks in the second tier of Mets outfield prospects not in the same conversations with Carlos Gomez, Fernando Martinez and Lastings Milledge. Still, he has an impressive athletic background.

In the third grade, he was competing on his high schools JV cross country team in Rush, Ky. He was on varsity by the fourth grade, though he said of his competition for the Class 3A (out of 4A) school: I would never win the races. I would come in the middle of the pack. Stewart actually lettered in six different varsity sports cross country, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and track and field.

05-29-2007, 04:06 PM
I can sort of remember