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SJU Baseball BIO
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Deon Stafford, Jr.
Player Profile:
Deon Stafford, Jr. 1916055
Position: Catcher
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 202
Year: Junior
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa.
High School: Lower Dauphin

Career Stats

Tied for third-most career home runs in program history (as of the end of 2016)
Third-highest career batting average in program history (as of the end of 2016)
Most hits in a season in program history (85 in 2016)
Most home runs in a season in program history (18 in 2016)
Tied for second-most doubles in a season in program history (19 in 2015)
Tied for third-most runs scored in a season in program history (57 in 2016)
Eighth-most walks in a season in program history (36 in 2016)
Tied for eighth-most runs batted in in a season in program history (49 in 2016)

2017 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason All-America Third Team
2016 Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team
2016 Rawlings College All-America Honorable Mention
2015 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America

2016 ECAC Division I Player of the Year
2016 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
2016 Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player of the Year
2016 Johnny Bench Award Semifinalist
2015 Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Rookie of the Year
2015 New England Collegiate Baseball League Rookie of the Year (Summer)

2016 ABCA All-East Second Team
2016 ECAC All-Division I First Team
2016 Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team
2016 Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball All-Big 5 Team
2016 Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team
2016 All-Cape Cod League Team (Summer)
2015 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team
2015 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team

2016 Saint Joseph's Most Outstanding Player
2016 Saint Joseph's Hitter of the Year
2015 Saint Joseph's Rookie of the Year

2016: Turned in the greatest offensive season in program history, leading the Atlantic 10 in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and home runs and ranking among the league leaders in runs batted in and walks...Finished the season eighth in the nation in slugging percentage and 13th in both batting average and home runs...Named one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week on March 28...Earned three Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and five Big 5 Player of the Week honors...Became the first Hawk to hit three home runs in a single game when he achieved the feat at Richmond on March 26...He then became the only player in Division I to have multiple thrree-home run games in 2016 when he hit three more against Fordham on May 13...Matched the team-high with a 15-game hitting streak between April 10 and May 7...Set the program's single-season home run record at La Salle on May 8...Hit safely in 44 of 54 games...Hit .474 with five runs scored and six driven in during the postseason en route to All-Championship honors...Reached base safely in the final 32 games of the season...Spent the summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, where he claimed All-League honors and won the league title with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

2015: Became the Hawks’ first Freshman All-American in 22 years after an outstanding rookie campaign...Led the Hawks in average (.341) and doubles (19)...Ranked second in on-base percentage and walks...Finished third on the team in hits, runs scored, and slugging...Made just one error in 193 chances...Ranked eighth in the A-10 in batting average and tied for fourth in doubles...Scored three runs and drove in three more at Lafayette on April 7...Went 4-for-5 with two runs batted and two runs scored in the win over Saint Peter’s on April 15...Scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run in the 13th inning against La Salle on May 1...Capped off a 14-game hitting streak with a 4-for-6 afternoon at St. Bonaventure on May 8...Had an outstanding summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, starting the NECBL All-Star Game and earning the league’s Rookie of the Year award.

High School: Three-time Mid-Penn Conference All-Star...First Team All-State catcher as a senior...Two-time Big 11 Team selection...Chosen twice by the Patriot News for its First Team and once for its All-Underclassman Team...Led his team in average for three consecutive seasons, including his junior year, when he was named Mid-Penn Conference MVP and helped Lower Dauphin to a district title and the state championship game...Part of the 2013 RBI World Series-winning team from Harrisburg...Named to the 2013 Perfect Game WWBA All-Tournament Team...Played for Team Pennsylvania in the 2013 Big 26 Game.

Personal: Son of Kim Stafford...Majoring in business.

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