From RBI to the MLB: Mathews-Dickey Alumni DJ Stewart Signs With the Phillies
Alumni DJ Stewart Signs With the Phillies
“DJ is a prime example of the outstanding Blue Chip athletes Mathews-Dickey produces on and off the fields. We’re very proud of him and know that he has a bright future ahead.”
– Wendell Covington, Jr., president and CEO
Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club is proud to announce that long-time member DJ Stewart signed last night with the Philadelphia Phillies, who drafted him in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. He was the only area high-school athlete selected in this year’s MLB Draft.
Since the age of 12, Stewart has been a standout in the Reviving Baseball in the Inner-City (RBI) Program operated by the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club through Cardinals Care, the official non-profit arm of the St. Louis Cardinals. He played a key role in the RBI All-Star team’s 2015 Central Region title and subsequent trip to the World Series.
“DJ is a prime example of the outstanding Blue Chip athletes Mathews-Dickey produces on and off the fields,” said President and CEO Wendell Covington, Jr. “We’re very proud of him and know that he has a bright future ahead.”
A double threat at the plate and on the mound, Stewart graduated this past spring from Westminster Christian Academy, where he had .409 batting average as a shortstop and posted an 8-1 record as a pitcher.
Before signing with the Phillies, Stewart was scheduled to travel with the Mathews-Dickey RBI squad for the Central Region Tournament. That said, the RBI Senior Cardinals will compete for the regional title in Minneapolis, Minn., from July 14-16, with the championship games hosted at Target Field.