Former Tuscola standout Cody Stubbs has retired from professional baseball.
He plans to return to his former college as an assistant under University of North Carolina coach Mike Fox, who is an Asheville native.
Stubbs, 24, was selected in the eighth round of the 2013 major league draft and had been in the Kansas City Royals’ minor-league system since then. After missing time with a broken hand, he was batting .283 with 17 RBIs, eight doubles, four home runs and two triples as a first baseman for the Single-A Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks in the Carolina League.
Stubbs’ career average was .257.
The infielder graduated from Tuscola in 2009 and hit .439 with 39 RBIs and a Western North Carolina-best 16 home runs as a senior. He was the 2008 Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Stubbs attended two different colleges – Tennessee, Walters State (Tenn.) – before finishing up at UNC.