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  Sam Fuld
Sam Fuld

Player Profile
Hometown:
Durham, NH

High School:
Phillips Exeter Academy

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180

Position:
OF

Experience:
4V

Bats/Throws:
L/L

  • Seasons At Stanford: 2001-04
  • 2-Time All-American
  • 2004 First Team Preseason All-American
  • Complete Updated Career Stats
  • 7/24/11 Feature: Legend of Sam Fuld catches on with Tampa Bay Rays
  • 5/29/04 Feature: Many Memories
  • 4/18/03 Feature: Proper Perspective
  • 5/3/02 Feature: Battle 'Em Bammer!
  • 4/12/01 Feature: Freshman Is A Perfect Fit


    General - Has put together one of the finest careers in the history of Stanford Baseball • Arguably the nation's premier collegiate centerfielder • Decided to Stanford for his senior year after having not signed a professional baseball contract after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player draft • Has a chance to set several all-time school records in his senior season • Has the entire package with the ability to hit, hit for power, run, throw and play excellent defense in center field with the ability to cover lots of ground • Took over as the starter in center field early in his freshman season and has never relinquished the job • One of the top defensive players in the nation • Has excellent speed and is a threat to steal bases • Expected to hit in the leadoff spot • Has an even-keeled attitude • Should be taken in the first couple of rounds of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

    Cardinal Career - Earned All-American honors in each of his first two seasons and is a three-time All-Pac-10 choice ... Stanford's all-time leader in runs scored (266) and at bats (1054), while ranking among the school's all-time Top 10 in hits (353, #2), games played (256, #2), triples (16, #3T) and doubles (58, #6T) • Has added a career .335 batting average, 16 homers, 148 RBI, 37 stolen bases, 491 total bases, 131 walks, 23 hit-by-pitches, 14 sacrifice bunts, 11 sacrifice flies, a .416 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage • Has 108 career multiple-hit games, including 24 three-hit games and 13 four-hit contests • Stanford's active career leader in all the above categories other than batting average, homers, stolen bases, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies and slugging percentage • Holds the all-time College World Series record with 24 hits and became the first Stanford player to be selected to the All-CWS team twice (2001, `02) with a career CWS batting average of .358 (24-67), adding four homers and 13 RBI in Omaha ... Also selected twice to NCAA All-Regional squads • Broke Stanford's single-season record and paced the Pac-10 with 110 hits during his All-American sophomore campaign • Has 19 career outfield assists.

    2004 Season Notes (Senior) - Hitting .280 with four homers, 29 RBI and four stolen bases • Has started all 56 games in center field, adding 60 runs scored, 65 hits, five doubles, a triple, a .396 on-base percentage and a .362 slugging percentage • Has seven outfield assists • Posted a season-high 12-game hit streak (4/2 - 4/23; .345, 19-55, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB).

    2004 Individual Game Highlights/Notes (Senior)
    5/30: Arizona State - 2-3, HR, RBI
    5/22: USC - 2-5, RBI ... drove home game-tying run with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and then came all the way around to score the eventual winning run on the play on a three-base error
    5/21: USC - 2-4
    5/17: at Arizona - 2-4
    5/16: at Arizona - 1-5, HR, RBI, SB
    5/8: at Washington - 2-4, 2 RBI
    5/2: Washington State - 2-3, HR, 3 RBI ... season-high-tying RBI
    4/23: at Sacramento State - 2-5
    4/20: Saint Mary's - 3-6, RBI
    4/17: California - 2-5
    4/9: at Oregon State - 2-5, 2B
    4/3: at UCLA - 2-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI ... career-high-tying RBI
    4/2: at UCLA - 2-4
    3/28: Cal Poly - 2-4, SB
    3/26: Cal Poly - 2-4, RBI, 3 runs ... tied season-high runs scored
    3/24: at Santa Clara - 2 RBI
    3/7: at USC - 3-6, RBI
    3/5: at USC - 2 RBI
    2/28: at California - 3 runs ... tied season-high runs scored
    2/22: Texas - 2-4, SB, RBI
    2/14: Kansas - 2-3, 2B
    2/8: at Fresno State - 2 RBI
    1/31: Cal State Fullerton - 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI
    1/30: Cal State Fullerton - 2-4, RBI

    2003 Season Notes (Junior) - Earned All-Pac-10 honors for the third straight season, hitting .321 with four homers, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts • Paced the club and tied the school record in runs scored (83, #1T Pac-10, #23 NCAA), while also leading the squad with nine triples (#1T Pac-10, #17T NCAA) to fall just one three-bagger shy of the 51-year-old record held by Jack Shepard • Also had Pac-10 and team-highs of 349 plate appearances and 302 at bats (third-most in school history) • Posted 97 hits (#5 Pac-10, #10 on Stanford's single-season list), falling just three shy of becoming only the second player in Stanford history to post a pair of 100-plus hit seasons • Also ranked among Pac-10 leaders in doubles (18, #8T Pac-10), total bases (145, #8T Pac-10) and bases on balls (34, #9 Pac-10) • Third on the team with 27 multiple-hit games, including six three-hit contests and four four-hit games • Started all 69 games in center field • Hit .362 with six triples, a homer, 19 RBI and a stolen base while starting all 24 Pac-10 games • Did not make an error in a Pac-10 contest for the second consecutive season with 51 chances • Co-led the team with 15 postseason runs scored • Put together a career-high 17-game hit streak (5/3-6/1) in which he hit .411 (30-73) after a previous 15-game hit streak (3/1-4/7) in which he batted .459 • Reached base safely in 24 consecutive games (3/1-4/26) • Had four triples over a five-game stretch (3/24-4/1) • Hit his fourth career CWS homer in an 8-3 victory over Rice in the second game of the CWS Championship Series • Doubled in front of Jonny Ash's game-tying homer in the CWS Bracket One final 7-5 victory in 10 innings over Cal State Fullerton (6/19) • Hit his third career CWS homer by blasting a ball over the centerfield fence for a solo shot in a second round game versus Cal Sate Fullerton (6/15) • Opened the 2003 CWS by going 3-for-4 and scoring a pair runs in Stanford's 8-0 win over South Carolina • Scored the tying run in the second game of the NCAA Super Regional versus Long Beach State (6/7), reaching on a two-out error, stealing second base and scoring on an RBI single by Jonny Ash • Was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in an NCAA Regional game versus UC Riverside (5/31) • Hit his ninth and final triple of the season versus Cal Poly (5/24), while also stealing a base, being hit twice and scoring three runs • Posted triples in each of his last two games versus UCLA (5/17, 5/18), scoring the tying run in the eighth inning of a Pac-10 title-clinching 9-8, 10-inning win over the Bruins (5/18) after tripling • Drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning in a 6-4 comeback victory at California (5/10) • Posted his final four-hit contest of the season in the first game of a doubleheader at USC (5/4), going 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and a season-high four runs scored • Had a big game versus Arizona (4/26), going 2-for-5 with a season-high four RBI, while hitting a key seventh inning two-run homer and a game-winning two-out, two-RBI double in the eighth • Snapped a 5-5 tie with a two-out RBI single in the top of the 11th inning to spark a three-run rally in an 8-5 victory at Washington State (4/7) • Had back-to-back three-hit games versus Washington, going 3-for-6 with a triple and two RBI in the series finale (3/30) after posting a 3-for-5 game with a double and an RBI the previous day (3/29) • Posted back-to-back four-hit contests in the final two games of a series at Arizona State (3/23 - 4-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI; 3/24 - 4-5, 2 3B, RBI) with the first two-triple game of his career in the series finale, driving in the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning of a 9-8 win (3/23) and tying the game at 2-2 with a seventh inning RBI triple in a 4-2 victory (3/24) • Was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI versus California (3/9) • Had his first four-hit game of the season by going 4-for-5 versus USC (3/1) • Hit his first homer of the year at Cal State Fullerton (2/2), one day after a 3-for-4 performance versus the Titans (2/1) • A First Team (NCBWA) and Third Team (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball) Preseason All-American • Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.

    2002 Season Notes (Sophomore) - Named a First Team (ABCA, Baseball America, Baseball Weekly) and Third Team (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA) All-American • Broke Stanford's single-season hit record and led the Pac-10 with 110 hits, while also pacing the club in batting average (.375, #3 Pac-10), doubles (20, #3 Pac-10), at bats (293, fifth on Stanford's single-season list, #1 Pac-10), total bases (162, #1 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (39), three-hit games (14) and four-hit games (3) • Tied for the team lead with four triples (#5T Pac-10), while ranking second on the club with 67 runs scored (#3 Pac-10) and third with a .426 on-base percentage • Played in all 65 games with 64 starts • Earned a pair of Stanford team honors in 2002: the Jack Shepard Memorial Award (given annually to the Stanford player with the highest batting average) and the Come Through Award • Found a power stroke with eight homers after not homering in his freshman season • Earned a spot on the All-College World Series team for the second straight year after leading the Cardinal with a .421 (8-19) batting average and two homers in four CWS games • Led the club in Pac-10 play with a .425 batting average, 45 hits, 31 runs scored, 27 RBI and seven stolen bases, while adding co-team-highs of eight doubles and two triples, as well as four homers • Also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 61 Pac-10 chances • Had an incredible stretch with multiple-hit games in 22 of 25 contests (4/14-5/31), hitting .509 (56-110) with four homers, 24 RBI and seven stolen bases during the period • Added a pair of four-hit games and seven three-hit efforts during the stretch • Had eight consecutive multiple-hit games during the 25-game stretch, going 19-for-33 (.576) • Had a season-high nine-game hit streak to conclude the 25-game stretch (5/12-5/31), going 22-for-43 (.512) • Was 3-for-5 with an RBI in Stanford's first CWS loss to Texas (6/17), including a ninth inning RBI single that cut the Longhorn lead to a single run • Hit his first career CWS homer, a solo shot in Stanford's 4-3 CWS opening win over Notre Dame (6/15) • Struggled in the final three games of the NCAA Regional (1-14, .071) but had a key one-out single for his only hit during the period to start a five-run fifth inning rally that snapped a 2-2 tie and led the Cardinal to an 8-4 victory over Long Beach State (6/2) in the Regional championship game • Was 3-for-5 with a double versus Washington State (5/26) in the regular season finale after going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI against Washington State (5/24) in the series opener • Had three consecutive three-hit games versus Arizona State (5/12 - 3-4, 2B, 3B), at Nevada (5/14 - 3-5, RBI) and at UCLA (5/17 - 3-5, RBI) • Homered, drove in two runs and stole a base at Santa Clara (5/7) • Homered and tied a career-high with two stolen bases versus California (5/5) • Was 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a stolen base versus California (5/3) • Had a huge game at Oregon State (4/28), going 4-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI, two bases on balls, a stolen base and a career-high five runs scored • Was 3-for-4 with an RBI versus Sacramento State (4/24) • Stole a pair of bases for the first time in his career at Washington (4/21) • Tied a career-high four hits versus Saint Mary's (4/16 - 4-6, 3B, RBI) • Was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI versus USC (4/14) • Had a game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Cardinal to a 6-5 comeback win over USC (4/12) • Had a big game hitting in the number nine spot for the first time of the year at Arizona (4/6), going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, homer and a career-high six RBI (tied for the most by a Cardinal player in 2002) • Was 13-for-32 (.406) with five doubles and three RBI during a seven-game hit streak (3/10-3/30) • Tied a career-high with four hits at Fresno State (2/16 - 4-4, RBI) • Also had three-hit games versus Texas (3/30 - 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI), versus Cal Poly (3/1 - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI), twice at Florida State (2/9 - 3-6; 2/10 - 3-5, 2B) and versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1 - 3-4, 2 2B) • Hit his first collegiate home run versus Brigham Young (2/12) • Posted a torrid six-game hit streak (2/8-2/16), going 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, a homer and three RBI during the stretch • Named a Third Team Preseason All-American (Baseball America).

    2001 Season Notes (Freshman) - Had a tremendous rookie collegiate season, ranking third on the club with a .357 batting average • Earned Third Team All-American (NCBWA) honors • Also named Second Team Freshman All-American (Baseball America), All-College World Series, All-NCAA Regional, All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball) • Among the team's leaders in bases on balls (32, 1st-T, #6-T Pac-10), runs scored (56, 2nd, #5 Pac-10), on-base percentage (.441, 2nd), stolen bases (11, 2nd-T), triples (2, 2nd-T), hits (81, 3rd-T, #9-T Pac-10) and doubles (15, 3rd-T) • Had a tremendous postseason, hitting .396 with a team-best 19 hits and co-team highs of four doubles, two stolen bases and 11 RBI • Had both of the club's postseason triples • Led the squad with six four-hit games, including a pair of postseason four-hit contests versus Tulane (6/8 - 4-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Marist (5/26 - 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI) • Also had a three-hit postseason game versus South Carolina (6/2 - 3-5, 2 2B) with a season-high two doubles • Hit a two-RBI triple in the top of the 10th inning to key a 5-2 Cardinal victory over Cal State Fullerton (6/10) in the second game of the CWS • Played a crucial role in the NCAA Regional opening 4-3 victory over Marist (5/26), tying the game with an RBI triple in the fifth inning and then squeezing home Chris O'Riordan in the seventh inning for the go-ahead run, finishing the contest 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI • Posted a season-high 13-game hit streak (3/23-4/12), going 23-for-50 (.460) with five doubles, 10 RBI and three steals during the stretch • His average rose from .214 to .352 (138 points) during the streak, which was the third-longest by a Cardinal player in 2001 • Also put together a torrid eight-game hit streak (5/13-5/27) in which he was 19-for-36 (.528) with two doubles, a triple, nine RBI, three stolen bases and five multiple-hit games (including three of his six four-hit contests) • Was 7-for-13 (.538) in the final regular season series at Washington State (5/19-5/21) • Had seven multiple-hit contests in his last 11 regular season games and a career-high-tying four hits in two of his last four regular season contests versus Arizona (5/13 - 4-5) and at Washington State (5/19 - 4-6, 3 RBI) • Posted his first two career four-hit games at Nevada (4/10 - 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI) and versus Oregon State (4/14 - 4-5, 2 RBI) before going 4-for-5 versus Arizona (5/13) and 4-for-6 with three RBI at Washington State (5/19) • Had regular season three-hit games versus Washington (3/24 - 3-5, SB) and UCLA (4/8 - 3-5, 2B) • Ranked tied for second on the club with 12 multiple-RBI games and tied for third on the team with 22 multiple-hit games • Started 57 contests and appeared in 66 of the team's 68 games • Posted a .378 batting average (second on the club) in Pac-10 action with four steals and 17 RBI.

    High School - A 2000 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy • Named a 2000 Preseason First Team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, USA Today and Fox Sports • Listed 19th among the 100 Top High School Prospects of 2000 by Baseball America • Also selected the New Hampshire 2000 Gatorade High School Player of the Year • Four-time Central New England Prep School Baseball League All-Conference player • Four-time team MVP and three-time team captain • Led his club to a league title as a junior in 1999 • Combined for 13 home runs and 44 stolen bases in prep career • Hit .550 with six homers, 12 RBI and 13 stolen bases as a senior • Batted .600 with three homers, 22 RBI and nine steals in junior campaign • Hit .489 with four homers, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases as a sophomore • Batted .613 with 11 stolen bases in rookie prep year • Coached by Bill Dennehy.

    Amateur Summer Baseball - Had a huge summer in the Cape Cod League in 2003 to help the Hyannis Mets into the playoffs, earning a spot on the All-League team with a .361 batting average, 14 RBI and 10 stolen bases • Played in the 2003 Cape Cod League All-Star game • Played with Team USA for the second consecutive year in the summer of 2002 but struggled with a .190 batting average, 13 RBI and four stolen bases for the 2002 FISU World Championship runners-up • One of three Stanford players on the Team USA roster in 2001, finishing the summer with a .310 batting average and playing in all 29 of the team's games with 26 starts • Also picked up four doubles, a triple, four RBI and three stolen bases to go with a .442 on-base percentage for the Americans • Played from 1998-2000 with the Dover Post American Legion team, earning 2000 New Hampshire State Tournament MVP honors and leading his club to a state championship.

    Personal - Economics major • Son of Kenneth Fuld and Amanda Merrill • A diabetic who enjoys working with other diabetic kids • Favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox, while Bill Mueller is his favorite athlete • Earliest baseball memory is hitting whiffle balls with his grandmother.

    Career Game Highs
    AB - 7, three times, last at USC (3/6/04)
    R - 5, at Oregon State (4/28/02)
    H - 4, 13 times, last at USC (5/4/03 - Game 1)
    HR - 1, 16 times, last vs. Arizona State (5/30/04)
    RBI - 6, at Arizona (4/6/02)
    SB - 2, twice, last vs. California (5/5/02)
    Hit Streak - 17 games (5/3/03-6/1/03)

    2004 Season Highs
    AB - 7, at USC (3/6/04)
    R - 3, vs. Cal Poly (3/26/04)
    H - 2, twice, last vs. Saint Mary's (4/20/04)
    HR - 1, four times, last vs. Arizona State (5/30/04)
    RBI - 3, three times, last vs. Washington State (5/2/04)
    SB - 1, eight times, last vs. USC (5/23/04)
    Hit Streak - 12 games (4/2/04-4/23/04)

    Last Updated: 9/30/04


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