|Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 63|
|Born: March 17, 1996|
|July 6, 2021, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 4, 2021)
|Runs batted in||2|
Stuart Alexander Fairchild (born March 17, 1996) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 2017 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2021.
Fairchild attended Seattle Preparatory School in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle, Washington, and played for the school's baseball team. The Seattle Times named him to their All-Area Team in 2014. He enrolled at Wake Forest University and played college baseball for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In 2016, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. In 2017, his junior year, he slashed .360/.439/.636 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs in 63 games.
After the season, the Cincinnati Reds selected Fairchild in the second round, 38th overall, of the 2017 MLB draft, and signed him for a $1,802,800 signing bonus. He was assigned to the rookie-level Billings Mustangs where he posted a .304 batting average with three home runs, 23 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases in 56 games.
Fairchild spent 2018 with both the Single-A Dayton Dragons (with whom he earned Midwest League All-Star honors) and the High-A Daytona Tortugas, slashing a combined .264/.344/.407 with nine home runs, 57 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases in 130 games between both clubs. He returned to Daytona to open 2019, and was promoted to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts during the season. Over 109 games between both teams, he batted .264/.352/.441 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs. He played for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League after the regular season.
Fairchild did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On August 31, 2020, the Reds traded Fairchild, along with Josh VanMeter, to the Arizona Diamondbacks for relief pitcher Archie Bradley and cash considerations. The Diamondbacks added him to their 40-man roster after the 2020 season. He was assigned to the Triple-A Reno Aces to begin the 2021 season.
Fairchild was promoted to the major leagues for the first time on July 6, 2021. Fairchild made his MLB debut that night as a pinch runner for Stephen Vogt and scored the game winning run after David Peralta’s walk-off hit-by pitch in the bottom of the 9th. The following day, Fairchild notched his first career hit, a line drive single off of Colorado Rockies pitcher Lucas Gilbreath.