#17 James Stea
|HOMETOWN||Los Alamitos, Calif.|
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Los Alamitos (Golden West)|
2016: Burst onto the scene to patrol center field in 56 games (55 starts) during his first season with the Crusaders...batted .318 with a .398 on-base percentage...scored 54 runs, the second-most on the team...tied for the club lead in stolen bases (18), triples (3) and hit-by-pitches (11), while corking one home run and driving in 20...opened the 2016 campaign with a 7-for-15 weekend at Jacksonville State (Feb. 19-21), including three runs, a double, a round-tripper, three RBIs and a stolen base...doubled and drove in a run as part of a 2-for-5 series finale at Louisiana Tech (March 6)...enjoyed a 6-for-13 series at Northern Kentucky (March 18-20) with five runs scored and two driven in during a three-game sweep of the Norse in Highland Heights...crossed the plate three times and stole a base en route to a 4-for-10 three-game set against Wright State (March 25-26)...boosted his average from .267 to .296 after he collected two hits in both contests of a doubleheader versus Milwaukee (April 3) at Kapco Park in Mequon...registered two hits, touched the plate and drove one in at Western Michigan on April 12...cracked a double, walked, scored and laid down two sacrifices in Valpo's series-opening triumph over Oakland (April 15)...amassed three runs as part of a 2-for-3 afternoon at Chicago State on April 20...doubled and scored at UIC (Apr. 22)...recorded a hit and a run scored in four straight tilts from April 25 to May 1...crossed the plate twice and smacked two hits at Northern Illinois on May 3...ripped a double and added two runs scored to his stat sheet on May 6 at Wright State...tallied three runs, an RBI and two knocks in a 13-10 win over Purdue (May 11)...torched Youngstown State with a 7-for-11 twinbill with three runs, two doubles, a triple and an RBI on May 13...touched the plate in each contest of a doubleheader versus Oakland on May 15...swatted two hits in all three tilts of a three-game set versus Youngstown State (May 19-21) to close out the regular season...was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team following his 9-for-20 (.450) week highlighted by five runs, three doubles, five runs batted in and two stolen bases.
2014-15 (Golden West College): Led the league in stolen bases and was named All-Conference as a center fielder...made academic Honor Roll.
Prep: A two-year letterwinner for head coach Matt Nuez and the Griffins...was named First Team All-Sunset League in 2013 in addition to Offensive Player of the Year and a member of the Sunset League All-Star Team...also earned two letters in football...voted defensive back Player of the Year and an All-Sunset League representative at cornerback...was an Honor Roll student all four years.
Personal: James is the son of John and Debbie Stea...one of four sons (John, Jeff, Joey)...hobbies include church, spikeball, surfing, free diving and weightlifting...favorite food is pasta...favorite movie is Lone Survivor...favorite musical group is Lynyrd Skynyrd...favorite baseball player is Mike Trout...favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Dodgers...majoring in history and kinesiology.