Jersey Village HS grad Nick Stavinoha is radioactive for Albuquerque
Nick Stavinoha went 1-for-1 with a double and an RBI as the Memphis Redbirds defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-1, Monday.
On the season, Stavinoha, a first baseman, is batting .272 with 103 RBIs, 28 home runs and three stolen bases.
Stavinoha is a 2000 graduate of Jersey Village High School. He made multiple stops in his college baseball career playing at the University of Houston, San Jacinto College and Louisiana State University. He spent two seasons (2004 and 2005) in Baton Rouge batting .348 with 26 home runs and 107 RBIs in 121 career games for the Bayou Bengals. In 2005 as a senior, Stavinoha was named MVP of the Baton Rouge regional of the NCAA tournament after a season in which he hit .370 with 18 home runs.
He was drafted in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2005 MLB draft by St. Louis. Stavinoha advanced to triple-A Memphis of the Pacific Coast League in 2007, his second full pro season, and one year later he made his Major League debut for the Cardinals on June 22, 2008. He appeared in 29 games in 2008 for St. Louis batting .193 with four RBIs, and he spent 112 games with Memphis where he was a .337 hitter with 16 homers in 74 RBIs to earn PCL all-star honors. In 2009, Stavinoha hit .282 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs in 72 games for Memphis while also appearing in 39 games for St. Louis, where he hit .230 and hit two homers. He spent the bulk of 2010 at St. Louis hitting .256 with two homers and nine RBIs in 79 games while also appearing in 23 contests for Memphis. Stavinoha was born May 3, 1982, in Houston.