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Stuart Fairchild

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Stuart Fairchild
Name: Stuart Alexander Fairchild
Born: Mar 17, 1996 in Seattle, WA
High School: Seattle Prep
High School: Wake Forest
College: Wake Forest
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (38th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2017 (signed for $1,800,300)
Scouts have debated Fairchild and North Carolina's Brian Miller all year as college center fielders in the same geographic area. They're quite different players, starting with Fairchild batting righthanded and having more power than Miller, even accounting for the cozy confines of Wake's Gene Hooks Field. Fairchild arrived from Seattle and was a freshman All-American in 2015, then ranked as the Cal Ripken League's No. 1 prospect that summer. His power didn't start playing consistently until his junior season, though, becoming a fifth average or better tool. He has solid pop but also has some swing-and-miss in his game, and he doesn't control the strike zone on par with top-caliber college hitters. Fairchild's best tools are not his hitting tools; it's in the field, as he's an above-average runner who earns plusses for his throwing arm and defense in center field. He has good instincts for the position and impressed scouts with several highlight catches in the 2016 ACC tournament. While the 6-foot, 200-pound Fairchild has shown more power than Miller, he had a middling summer in the Cape Cod League (.234) last year, which probably keeps him from ascending higher than the second round. His defensive ability gives him a high floor as a potential fourth outfielder.
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