The Orioles have announced that they have agreed to terms with DJ Stewart of Florida State University. Stewart, 21, was the O’s first selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and 25th overall.
As a junior, Stewart batted .318/.500/.583 (68-214) with 15 home runs, 59 RBI, and 62 runs scored in 64 games in 2015. The 6-foot, 225 pound left-handed hitting outfielder was the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year and a 2014 All-ACC First Team selection after leading the conference in batting average (.351), slugging percentage (.557), and on-base percentage (.472) as a sophomore. He also played in 28 games with the USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2014. In 2013, Stewart led Florida State in batting average (.364), slugging percentage (.560), hits (82), and doubles (25), and was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
As a high school student at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL, Stewart won a combined five state championships (three in football, two in baseball) and was named the 2012 Player of the Year in Baseball for the North Florida region. His father, Reggie Stewart, was a 13th round selection of the San Diego Padres in 1991 as a switch-hitting outfielder and played three minor league seasons in the San Diego organization.