C.J. Stewart, a former Cubs outfielder, credits baseball with helping him get out of Atlanta’s housing projects and find a path to the professional ranks instead of becoming yet another statistic in his home town.
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But he wouldn’t have reached those heights without the kindness of strangers, as he attests to the support he received from his community and how integral it was to his growth and success as a young athlete.
Now, in addition to working on other baseball-related endeavors in his retirement, Stewart is paying that support forward with his nonprofit organization L.E.A.D., which he co-founded with his wife Kelly. It stands for Launch, Expose, Advise, and Direct, and was founded to provide a path to high school graduation, a college education, and career opportunities for low-income, minority, inner-city youths.
Orioles prospect Garrett Cleavinger and outfielder Hyun Soo Kim will be going to Philadelphia in return. The pitcher was picked in the 3rd round of the 2015 June Amateur Draft out of Oregon, and Kim is a free agent after this season.
Authentic Youth Carson Tinker Jersey During his time with the AA Bowie Baysox this season, Cleavinger has put up a 6.28 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched. He is Baltimore’s 27th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
Kim has been with Baltimore for two years, and this season is batting .232 with 10 RBI and a WAR of -0.4.
Baltimore had been seen as sellers during this trade deadline lead up, as they are 7 games back in the division and 6.5 games back from the second wildcard slot. The playoffs are not a reasonable destination this year, but as Ken Rosenthal points out, the team still needed to add depth to their rotation.
Reports say that the team is still attempting to trade Zach Britton and Brad Brach, signaling that they are not all of a sudden going to go on a spree for new players. They still firmly fall in the sell column at this time, but rotation depth was needed and has been all season.