July 3, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern shortstop Trevor Stevens has signed a free-agent contract to play in the organization of his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Stevens becomes the third Wildcat to join the professional ranks this month, joining right-handed pitchers Zach Morton and Luke Farrell.
The reliable Stevens started all 48 games at shortstop for Northwestern in 2013 and did not miss a single inning of play; he is the only Wildcat that can make that claim. The Glenview, Ill., native batted .267 and led the 'Cats with 40 runs scored and a career-high 19 stolen bases. Stevens leaves Evanston with his name plastered throughout the program's all-time record book; he ranks second all-time with 787 at-bats, tied for sixth with 18 sacrifice hits, seventh with 51 stolen bases, ninth with 138 runs and 10th in both hits (225) and games played (203). Stevens remarkably started all 203 games in which he played.
Stevens, a two-time All-Big Ten shortstop, is no stranger to his new club. The Wildcats played a regular-season game at the home of the Cubs, Wrigley Field, on April 20, 2013 against the Michigan Wolverines. Northwestern won the game, 6-0, and Stevens walked, stole a base and scored in the victory.
Stevens, a 2012 Big Ten Sportsmanship award recipient, becomes the 65th player under his father, NU head coach Paul Stevens to join a Major League Baseball organization. He joins a pair of former Wildcat standouts in the Cubs organization. Left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch and catcher Chad Noble both currently play with Chicago's Class AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies.
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