Detroit Tigers select OF Christin Stewart with Max Scherzer comp pick


The Detroit Tigers protected themselves last off-season by offering a qualifying deal to free agent pitcher Max Scherzer. When he predictably turned that deal down, and later signed with the Washington Nationals, the Tigers received a compensatory pick for the loss, which turned out to be #34 in the MLB Draft.

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With that pick, the second pick of the night for the Detroit Tigers, the team selected power-hitting outfielder Christin Stewart (no, not Kristen Stewart) of Tennessee.

Considered a bat-first, defensive-second prospect, Stewart hit .311 with a 1.076 OPS and hit 15 homers in 177 at-bats in his junior year with the Volunteers. He has posted a slash line of .319/.414/.548 over his three-year collegiate career.

Stewart has also spent time at catcher and first base, but its clear his future in the pros is as a corner outfielder. He is 6-0 and 190 pounds.

He was a member of Team USA last summer, hitting .383 which led the club.

The Detroit Tigers have one more pick on the draft’s first day, in the second round–number 65th overall.

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