(Photo by SportingWCA – Taken by Grace Keane)
RETRO Baseball Club is proud to highlight the journey and achievements of DJ Stewart. DJ came to us the summer before his Freshman year of high school. He was a raw, very athletic kid that never had the exposure to high level baseball training. Once introduced to our training and structure, DJ began to grow as a player, student, and person. As a student at Westminster Christian Academy, his career to date, on and off the field, has exemplified nothing short of excellence.
As of 2017, DJ’s Junior Year, he has committed to attending Eastern Illinois University to play baseball and continue his academic career. DJ has already been approached by several MLB scouts and stands to be on several draft boards when his time comes.
Latoshia Stewart & Dale Mcclain:
“From Little League up to now, we’ve made sacrifices and hoped that as a family we’ve put DJ in the best position to be successful in not only baseball, but all walks of life. Early on we instilled in DJ that perseverance and hard-work is what he needed to be successful. We are very proud of his accomplishments athletically and academically. We would like to thank family, friends, teachers, coaches and mentors that DJ has encountered along this journey that were impactful in his development and helping him to become the young man he is today. As he opens this new chapter in his educational and athletic life, we will continue to be the foundation and support system, ever present in assisting DJ with any decisions that he may be faced with moving forward.”
“I cannot thank my support group enough during this process. Without the guidance and unconditional support of Mom & Dad on a daily basis, I would not be where I am today. I also would like to thank my coaches and instructors over the years that have helped me groom my baseball skillset to a level necessary to be able to achieve this accomplishment. Specifically, I would like to thank Carlos Blocker, Russell Jenkins, Phil Warren, Chris Smith, Westminster High School, and my RETRO staff and teammates for all of your support, guidance, and expertise! The recruiting process has been difficult and frustrating at times. That said, I am overjoyed with the decision I have made and the opportunity before me. The coaching staff at Eastern Illinois University is comprised of baseball people that I’m excited to learn from and be around on a daily basis. I am motivated now, more than ever, to work even harder to show Eastern Illinois University how much I appreciate their investment in me. I am excited and proud about becoming a Panther and look forward to raising the bar of excellence for our program.”
Coach Gregg Edwards:
“DJ came to our program as a raw player with good athleticism. The thing that sticks out to me the most is although DJ had experienced quite a bit of success previously, he embraced the fact that he had a lot of work to do to get better. DJ and his family understood they were dealing with a lot of false positives in his game. With this in mind, they worked diligently doing what they needed to be better on the field as well as off the field. DJ was able to “out athlete and out rep” other players most of the time when he came to our program. This was not something he would be able to do as the talent pool become more competitive at each level he hoped to achieve. For a player and family who was having the kind of success DJ was, it was extremely gratifying to see how they trusted us as coaches and instructors to have DJ’s best interest at heart. They knew our program would always put the needs of DJ before the needs of a team or win.”
Coach Phil Warren:
“DJ is an extremely hard worker, on the field and in the classroom, who absolutely deserves and has earned his successes. We look forward to assisting DJ through his remaining high school campaign, assisting him in his college baseball preparation, and ultimately watching his future unfold. DJ is a first-class person and will most certainly find success as he continues to lead the way on and off the field.”
Coach Mike Wilhelm:
“DJ is one of the most humble and dedicated players that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. From the first play of his freshman summer season, I knew he had what it took to be a high-level player. The thing I appreciate the most about DJ is his willingness to help the younger, less experienced players improve on and off the field. He is a great player on the field and an even better person off the field.”
Click on this link to read about DJ’s athletic journey and accomplishments at Westminster Christian Academy: