Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Prospects Following 2016 Season
2. Christin Stewart
2016 Affiliate: Erie SeaWolves
While there is plenty of potential in Detroit’s pitching prospect, outfielder Christin Stewart has the upside to be a middle-of-the-order bat for the Tigers.
In 71 games spent at two stops in 2015, the 22-year-old hit .285 with 44 RBI, 44 runs scored, 13 doubles, 10 home runs, seven triples and five stolen bases.
Stewart continued his assault on minor league pitching in 2016 by displaying even more power. The outfielder mashed 30 home runs and 24 doubles while driving in 87 runs. Despite a .255 batting average this past season, the outfielder makes up for it by drawing a healthy number of walks.
For his minor league career, the former first-round has walked 112 times while striking out only 199 times. Stewart’s on-base percentage in 542 plate appearances this season was .386. This came on the heels of a 2015 season that saw him register a .372 on-base percentage.
With excellent power and the ability to draw walks, Stewart has the ceiling to be a fixture in the middle of Detroit’s lineup for a decade, if not more. Even if Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez stick around for the long haul, Stewart’s bat will help him force his way into the lineup.